Blind grandmother injured after painful pavement fall in Leeds

Norma Robertson with her guide dog Paige.
Norma Robertson with her guide dog Paige.
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A BLIND grandmother from west Leeds has spoken of her shock and pain after she fell due to an unrepaired pavement near her home.

Norma Robertson, 56, was walking with her guide dog and granddaughter on Saturday, January 18, when the incident happened.

She suffered injuries including cuts and bruises to her legs and knees.

Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Norma said: “I thought I had fallen into the road.

“But luckily, I had my granddaughter with me.

“My guide dog is traumatised by it.”

She added: “My knees are absolutely killing me and I am black and blue.”

Norma, who is a member of the National Federation of the Blind, has lived at her home on Swinnow Road in Pudsey for 33 years.

The incident happened on nearby Harley Rise.

After contacting Leeds City Council’s Highways department, Norma says she was advised that it would take time to sort the issue.

She added: “It’s near some older people’s flats and I worry that it could happen to someone else.”

Shortly after the Yorkshire Evening Post got involved, the issue with the road was resolved and the pavement was resurfaced yesterday morning.

A spokesperson for Leeds City Council said: “We have responded quickly to have this issue fixed and we thank the resident for bringing it to our attention.

“It is unfortunate she sustained an injury and we wish her a very speedy recovery.”

Norma has previously been in the YEP to campaign for better road safety in her local area.

In 2012, she started a petition for better safety measures after a series of car crashes on the roads around her home.

On March 16, 2012, one incident on Swinnow Road saw six men injured in a four-car smash.

All six were taken to hospital for treatment and one was believed to have suffered a broken jaw.

One of the cars involved landed in the front garden of a nearby house.

Just days earlier, on March 7, 2012, two cars collided, causing major delays on Stanningley Bypass.

And on January 1, David Metcalf, 68, and his wife Dorothy, 65, were both killed in a tragic two-car crash.

Pudsey MP Stuart Andrew also supported Norma’s campaign and called for traffic calming measures to be put in place near the junction with Stanningley Bypass.

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