A BIG Issue seller will spend the next three months on crutches after tripping on a hole in the middle of a footpath, near to a Bury St Edmunds school.
Sean Malarkey was walking home with a friend on February 26 when his left foot suddenly gave way in the middle of a path, near the bus turning circle in Spring Lane.
“We were talking about the stars in the sky, my friend tried to warn me but I didn’t know what he was on about and all of a sudden I was down the hole,” said Mr Malarkey.
The 43-year-old severely sprained his ankle and when, after about four days, he realised the bruising was not going down and the pain was not going away, he reluctantly visited West Suffolk Hospital, in Bury, where he was given crutches.
“It’s really sore and it’s difficult to walk,” he said.
With King Edward VI School, a nature reserve and housing estates nearby, he feared others could suffer worse injuries than him.
He said he reported the hazard – which appears to be an empty post hole for a bollard – to Suffolk County Council several times last week but nothing was done about it.
Mr Malarkey said: “If a child falls, it’s going to be a severe break because it’ll be their leg down it, not their ankle, and what if an old lady falls down it?
“I just can’t believe any council could leave a hole like that.”
Suffolk County Council, which is responsible for footpaths, has no record of Mr Malarkey’s complaints.
A spokeswoman said: “The county council is aware of the situation and is sending a technician to investigate further.”