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Good samaritan thanked for rushing to assist pensioner

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: May 25, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

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A GOOD Samaritan shopkeeper came to the rescue of a pensioner when he suffered a heavy fall in Leek.

Church bell-ringer Geoff Stonier of Weston Street, Leek, came out of a newsagents last Thursday afternoon and fell off the pavement.

He suffered bleeding to the face and injuries to his shoulder and ankle.

After hearing of the incident Julie Ratcliffe, who owns Coffee at Julie's and the adjacent Stone Baked shop in Derby Street, ran out to assist.

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Mr Stonier, aged 74, is on Warfarin tablets which help with the treatment of blood clots.

He said: "I suffered bad bleeding to my face, but luckily the bump just missed my eye.

"As I am on Warfarin tablets I bleed a lot. I also injured my shoulder and ankle. I went straight to the Leek Moorlands Hospital for an X-ray. They can't see that anything is broken, but I am still in a lot of pain.

"However, after returning home I had to go back later has my face started to bleed again."

He added: "I cannot speak highly enough of Julie, who came out of her shop straight away.

"She managed after a while to stop the bleeding.

"An ambulance was called, but once the bleeding had stopped I said I would visit the Leek Moorlands Hospital.

"I am now unable to take part in my bell-ringing duties until I have recovered."

The kerb has been installed as part of an improvement scheme in Derby Street, as part of Sainsbury's redevelopment of the Churnet Works site off Macclesfield Road.

Mr Stonier said: "I fell off the kerb outside Julie's Cafe just as I had been to collect my paper.

"To me this area should be level like it is in Buxton. No-one seems to know what is what with the design.

"I have been told I am about the fifth person who has fallen over since the work has been done.

"My wife and a friend have also slipped on the sloping pieces which run from the road the paving blocks. Why is this sloped?

"Nobody wanted this and it is a complete waste of money."

Mrs Ratcliffe said: "I gave the gentleman first aid outside my shop.

"One of the employees saw him fall off the kerb.

"He was in a bad state and was bleeding from a cut on the face. He was also shaken up badly.

"I managed to stop the bleeding and clean his face. I was going to take him to the hospital but I could not get my car up Derby Street.

"I managed to get him in a sit down position and stayed with him for about half-an-hour. He then managed to get to his car and go to hospital with his wife.

"This is not the first time this has happened. There have been more issues of people falling over since the layout has been changed in Derby Street."

A spokesman for Staffordshire County Council, which has carried out the road works said: "The creation of the public realm and surrounding area was very much designed for both residents to enjoy and for traffic to flow smoothly as the regeneration of the town continues.

"We are sorry to hear that this gentleman has fallen and hurt himself and wish him a swift recovery."

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