Gosport cyclist wounded after bricks are dumped on path

ANGRY Karen Grubb who fell from her bicycle on a cycle path strewn with building rubble causing her facial injuries, inset.  Picture: Steve Reid (120890-807)
ANGRY Karen Grubb who fell from her bicycle on a cycle path strewn with building rubble causing her facial injuries, inset. Picture: Steve Reid (120890-807)

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CYCLIST Karen Grubb was left needing stitches to her face after flytippers dumped rubble on a bike path.

The 54-year-old has hit out at whoever dumped the rubbish in nearby Howe Road.

ANGRY Karen Grubb's facial injuries.  Picture: Steve Reid (120890-814)

ANGRY Karen Grubb's facial injuries. Picture: Steve Reid (120890-814)

Mrs Grubb fell off her bike when she hit the patch of building debris and bricks strewn across the cycle track.

She was taken to hospital on Saturday with a deep cut to her nose and had to have a sliver of bone removed.

Mrs Grubb, of Davenport Close in Rowner, Gosport, said: ‘I wasn’t going that fast but I went over something and fell off.

‘I went face-first. I was in a terrible amount of pain.

‘At the hospital they thought my nose was broken when they first saw it but when they cleaned it up there was a bit of bone that needed taking out.

‘There was debris in my nose.

‘I don’t want to get back on my bike now.

‘Whoever dumped it shouldn’t have done something like that.’

The rubble was dumped near an old underpass blocked up by construction firm Taylor Wimpey, which is working on the nearby Rowner regeneration project.

The firm said it didn’t believe it was waste from its site.

A spokesman for builder Taylor Wimpey said: ‘We are very sorry to hear of the lady’s accident.

‘As a responsible builder we take issues of health and safety extremely seriously.

‘After being made aware of the incident, our site manager investigated all footpaths and cycle ways surrounding the development.

‘We take great care to ensure construction waste is disposed of appropriately and believe the rubble which caused the accident does not come from our housing development.

‘We will investigate this matter further as we believe fly-tipping is taking place.’

Gosport Borough Council said it had not received any reports of fly-tipping in the area.

The debris was swept away yesterday.