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OAP blasts mall chiefs for injuries

PUBLISHED: 17:12 26 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:33 25 August 2010

SHOPPING centre management have done nothing to change automatic doors that hospitalised an elderly woman, writes Jules Cooper.

SHOPPING centre management have 'done nothing' to change automatic doors that hospitalised an elderly woman, writes Jules Cooper.

Pensioner Ennis Smith, of Lea Vale, Crayford, fractured her pelvis and leg when she was crushed in the automatic doors of The Mall Bexleyheath, last December.

But after being released from Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, last Tuesday , Mrs Smith found the accident was never logged at the shopping centre. She said: "When it happened I was helped by security officers who took down my particulars.

"The doors must be dangerous because I just went to walk through them and they closed quickly and crushed me and then opened leaving me to drop to the ground."

Despite multiple fractures Mrs Smith still attended a Christmas parcel hand-over the following day for British troops in Iraq, as reported in the Times.

Mrs Smith added: "I phoned them the next day and I was told it had not been noted so they would get back to me.

"I was a little shocked at the time anyway so I took her word for it."

Legal advice is currently being sought by Mrs Smith.

A spokesman for The Mall Bexleyheath said they were investigating the matter.

jules.cooper@archant.co.uk

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