The landlord of a North Devon pub has been fined and may be subjected to an injury compensation claim after a customer slipped over on a ramp, fracturing her knee.
Richard Jenkins, who runs the Hunters Inn in Newton Tracey, was fined GBP 2,000 after Pauline Batt, who had not been drinking alcohol, slipped on a disabled access ramp which had allegedly been missing its handrail for weeks, the North Devon Journal reports.
She suffered a fractured kneecap and was required to wear a leg brace for two weeks, as well as undergoing physiotherapy for her injury.
The offence is particularly serious because Mr Jenkins’ premises are open to the general public, although the court ruled that any matter of injury compensation would be left to a civil court.
It follows reports in the Daily Post that schools across North Wales have paid GBP 225,000 in injury compensation over the last five years, largely over slips and trips.