Havant mum’s shock after being hit by a stone

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MUM Lorraine Galliers has spoken of her shock after a 4in stone hit her – and missed her five-month-old baby by seconds.

She was walking beneath scaffolding of a house that belongs to David Willetts, the MP for Havant in West Street.

Lorraine Galliers, her daughter Caitlin and the scaffolding around David Willetts' house in West Street, Havant, when a rock fell and hit Lorraine on back of the head  ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150135-539)

Lorraine Galliers, her daughter Caitlin and the scaffolding around David Willetts' house in West Street, Havant, when a rock fell and hit Lorraine on back of the head ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (150135-539)

The stone hit her on the top of her head.

The 34-year-old was in shock as a moment sooner it would have hit her daughter, Caitlin.

Mrs Galliers, who lives in West Street and works for a cycling charity, said: ‘We were walking back from Havant, just past the building site, and I felt something hit the back of my head.

‘I turned round and it was a stone. Luckily, it didn’t hurt me but what scared me was how close it was to hitting my daughter. My mum was a couple of feet in front pushing the pram and if that had hit her, it could have been quite difficult.’

She added: ‘It was a huge shock. I walk past here every day and nothing has ever happened before and I didn’t expect that to happen.

‘Because of the high winds, something must have dislodged. My husband contacted the scaffolding company, who were good.’

She added: ‘I’ll be thinking twice before walking under scaffolding in future.’

The scaffolding has been up several months as the property is rebuilt. Mr Willetts lives next door.

Matt Lloyd, the site manager, said: ‘I take it very seriously because I run a safe and tight site.

‘I would like her to report it to me and tell me exactly what happened.’

He said he kept detailed records and carries out regular inspections.

He said the scaffolding was padlocked and had not been used for several weeks before the incident happened.

‘I have been on the scaffolding and there is nothing on the scaffolding,’ he said.

Mr Willetts was not available for comment, but his constituency office said the scaffolding was licensed. It has logged the incident with the county council’s highway engineers.