St Ives couple left with concussion after being hit by a tree branch

A ST IVES couple were left with concussion, cuts and bruises after they were hit by a four meter-long tree branch. Magdalena Kalidowska, 26, and Lewis Hall, 25, were cycling through Warner s Park on Sunday evening at about 7pm when the wind tore the bra

A ST IVES couple were left with concussion, cuts and bruises after they were hit by a four meter-long tree branch.

Magdalena Kalidowska, 26, and Lewis Hall, 25, were cycling through Warner's Park on Sunday evening at about 7pm when the wind tore the branch from a tree.

It crashed to the ground, hitting them and a young boy who had been cycling behind.

The couple, who live in Fairfields Crescent, believe the branch was rotten and should have been removed by the park's owners, St Ives Town Council.

"We were cycling on the path and just heard a loud crack and that was it - the branch hit us," said Ms Kalidowska. "It also hit a little boy who was cycling behind us. He was crying and his parents took him home."

Ms Kalidowska said she had been left with scratches and bruises and had been unable to work because of the pain in her neck where the branch hit her.

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She said Mr Hall had been to the doctors and was told he had a concussion.

The couple said they wanted to warn other park users that some of the trees in the area could also be dangerous.

Alison Melnyczuk, town clerk, said she had made arrangements for the London plain tree to be felled after the fallen branch was reported to the town hall on Monday morning.

She said the work was to be carried out on Wednesday, August 26.

"Regular inspections are carried out on all our trees, but sometimes you do not know what is happening on the inside of the tree," she added.

Warner's Park has also been hit a spate of vandalism to trees over the past fortnight.

Mrs Melnyczuk said the young trees had been damaged, repaired and damaged again. Parents were urged to ensure keep and eye on their children when playing in the park.

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