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Sam Blewett, Reporter
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
A man is calling for a building company to secure a construction site after he slipped on fallen fencing which in turn led to his dog being injured.
Mark Lockey, 45, was forced to walk over the metal fencing which had tumbled onto the pavement in Herbert Road in high winds last week.
As he hit the ground, Mark released Billy the dog’s lead, and the animal was struck by a passing car.
“My dog jolted and then ran into the road and got run over and broke its leg,” said Mark, of Curtis Road, Hornchurch. “It’s lucky my dog didn’t die.”
Billy, after spending the weekend in the vets, is now in a cast and may have to be operated on.
Mark has complained to Banner Homes, the construction company working on the site, claiming it had been “negligent”.
“I’m going to take legal action,” he said.
“If there was a bit more remorse from Banner, I wouldn’t care so much.”
But he says they have not taken his calls seriously.
Mark claims that this is the third time the fence has fallen down and it should be properly secured.
Furthermore, he said it took the housing company three days to remove it from the ground despite Mark leaving them messages all weekend to report the problem.
“It should have been put up properly in the first place,” he said.
“Who is to say kids wouldn’t have walked into the site to play about, it was totally open.”
The Recorder tried to speak to Banner Homes but its representatives declined to comment.