Collier Row girl badly hurt in garage roof fall

� A mother is warning children not to climb onto unsafe roofs after her daughter fell and broke her thigh bone.

Ellie Field, 12, from Collier Row, was playing with friends on garages in Prospect Place on Friday when the asbestos corrugated-metal roof gave way.

She fell 8ft and landed on glass inside the disused garage, dislocating her hip. She also broke her thigh bone and scratched her arms.


Ellie said: “I was in a lot of pain when I fell. I was very scared and shaking.

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“When I saw the blood from a gash on my arm I passed out. My mates go there all the time, but it was the first time for me and I wish I hadn’t got up there.

“There could have been more stuff in the garage that could have hurt me.”

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Mum Celia, 32, said: “I feared the worst and thought she had broken her back.

“It doesn’t bear thinking about what could have happened. She was lying on the garage floor after she fell through the roof.”

Ellie was taken by ambulance to Queen’s Hospital A&E department. On Saturday, she had an operation to put her bone back in place and to have rods and pins in her broken bone.

The garages are part of Havering’s borough-wide programme to demolish old garages and build new houses.

Miss Field said: “There is nothing stopping children going in the garages. They are not locked up or fenced up and equipment is in there like pots of paint and drills.

“They are decrepit buildings and the roofs look unstable. There should be fencing around them.”

Cllr Lesley Kelly, cabinet member for housing, said: “It is extremely dangerous to climb onto roofs of any kind. We urge parents to hammer the message home that these are off limits. These garage roofs were built to simply protect vehicles from the weather, not to withstand the weight of human beings.”

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