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Scooter rider injured at Gallows Corner appealing for witnesses

PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 August 2013

Nicola Bunton, 46, showing the injuries she received after coming off her scooter in Gallows Corner on August 12

Nicola Bunton, 46, showing the injuries she received after coming off her scooter in Gallows Corner on August 12

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A woman injured after falling off her scooter in Romford is appealing for witnesses as she cannot remember how the incident occurred.

Nicola Bunton received facial injuries after coming off her scooter in Gallows CornerNicola Bunton received facial injuries after coming off her scooter in Gallows Corner

Nicola Bunton, 46, suffered a broken jaw and other afflictions when she came off her silver Vespa near Gallows Corner on August 12.

Mrs Bunton, a detective on the Metropolitan Police Service’s child abuse investigation team, was heading to Snaresbrook Crown Court for a trial when the incident happened at 9.50am.

She said: “All I can remember is approaching the flyover heading London-bound and the next thing I knew I was in hospital.

“I would love to know what happened.”

Nicola Bunton riding the silver Vespa which she fell off at Gallows CornerNicola Bunton riding the silver Vespa which she fell off at Gallows Corner

Mrs Bunton, who worked as a police officer in Romford for five years before moving to Rayleigh, Essex, is recovering from a variety of injuries.

She has a broken eye socket, cheekbone and jaw and she has lost several teeth.

She also had to have metal plates and screws inserted in her face.

Mrs Bunton said: “The concussion is the thing that’s making me feel terrible at the moment.

“I have a good few weeks of recovery left.”

After coming off her scooter, Ms Bunton was treated by paramedics, who placed her on a spinal board and in a neck collar.

She was then taken to Queen’s Hospital.

Mrs Bunton bought the vehicle in June, which is the first scooter she has owned.

She added: “I had a trendy open-face helmet on which looked great, but is the reason my face is broken.

“The scooter is a total loss and I hope to get a new one, although my family and friends are against it.

“I have ridden the scooter lots and never had a problem, I have no idea what happened this time.”

If you witnessed the incident, email Mrs Bunton at nicolabunton@hotmail.com.


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