Masonry drama witnesses sought

Mrs Payne at the Clydesdale ATM where she was the day the masonary fell on her.
Mrs Payne at the Clydesdale ATM where she was the day the masonary fell on her.

AN ARBROATH lady hit by falling masonry last summer is seeking witnesses to the incident to help her bid for compensation.

Mrs Valerie Payne (72) was struck by debris from the building occupied by Clydesdale Bank on the High Street on July 5, 2011, at some time between 11.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.

Mrs Payne described what happened: “I was working in the cancer shop and I went to get some money out.

“There was someone already at it and so I stood back a bit and the next minute I felt something hit my head and my legs went.

“It was only my stick that saved me from collapsing on the ground. The next day I was suffering from shock.”

Mrs Payne was assisted by onlookers and staff from the bank and she was taken by ambulance to hospital where she had her head wound glued shut.

That fist-sized lump of stonework has left Mrs Payne with serious headaches, forcing her to consult her doctor many times and finally make an insurance claim against the building owners.

She said: “For two months I had such headaches. I keep hearing this terrible noise and thumping up the right-hand side of my head.”

Unfortunately for Mrs Payne, no witness statements were taken at the scene by police and these are necessary for any claim on the owner’s building insurance to go forward.

If anyone witnessed the incident on July 5 at the cash machine of Clydesdale Bank between 11.30 a.m. and 12.30 p.m., please contact Mrs Payne’s solicitor Keith Sym of Bruce & Co. on 01241 430660.