Mobility scooter injures three in Eastbourne


A grandfather has praised the quick thinking of supermarket staff after a mobility scooter crashed into his wife and young granddaughter.

Alan Brooks contacted the Herald to thank staff at Iceland, in the Langney Shopping Centre, after the crash last Thursday.

He was waiting in the checkout queue at around 4pm on Thursday, June 30, when an elderly man lost control of his mobility scooter, crashing into Mr Brooks’ wife, his two-year-old granddaughter and another woman.

Mr Brooks, of Sevenoaks Road, said his wife suffered bruising and his granddaughter’s foot was run over.

“I can only praise the swift action of the Iceland staff in dealing with the situation,” he said.

“An ambulance and the police services were immediately called.

“Helen from the Iceland staff administered first aid to my granddaughter until Claire from the paramedics arrived and took-over.

“Alan Doidge, a security officer was also in attendance all of the time.

“Thankfully, my granddaughter did not suffer any serious injury and escaped with bruising and grazing.

“She was very upset by the incident .

“I hope that the other customer has also made a full recovery .

“I would like to publicly thank Helen, Claire, Alan and two anonymous members of the public who assisted my wife and I during this traumatic experience.

“All performed heroically beyond the call-of-duty.”

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “Emergency services were called to Kingfisher Drive, Eastbourne, at around 4pm on Thursday, June 30, to reports a man on a mobility scooter had knocked over some people.

“It is believed he lost control of the vehicle.

“There were no serious injuries reported and it is not being treated as a police matter.”

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