Pensioner airlifted to hospital after falling off football stand in St Albans park

PUBLISHED: 12:28 18 July 2017 | UPDATED: 15:55 18 July 2017

The Hatfield Road bridge entrance to Clarence Park

The Hatfield Road bridge entrance to Clarence Park

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A man in his 70s who fell off the roof of a football stand in Clarence Park is in a serious condition.

The ambulance service was called at 10.18am on Tuesday, July 18 to Clarence Road, to reports that a man had fallen off a roof in the park.

A rapid response vehicle, an ambulance crew, an ambulance officer and an air ambulance from the East Anglian Air Ambulance charity were sent to the scene.

The man was seriously injured and was taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting for further treatment.

St Albans City Football Club tweeted to say that the game due to take place at the park that night, against Luton Town FC, has been cancelled.

A statement from Luton Town FC said: “Further to the cancellation of tonight’s scheduled pre-season friendly at St Albans city earlier today, we can confirm that it was due to a serious incident at Clarence Park this morning.

“Luton Town Football Club would like to express our understanding at the situation and send our very best wishes to the gentleman who has suffered a serious injury.

“We wish him a full recovery and will remain in contact with the club to offer any assistance we can.”

Debbi White, head of community services for St Albans council, said: “We were informed by the football club that a man was airlifted to hospital after apparently falling from the roof of the stand.

“The council is the enforcing authority for health and safety at leisure facilities such as sports grounds in the district.

“We are therefore carrying out an investigation to establish the facts surrounding the incident.

“The stadium is owned by the council as trustee, but licensed to the football club which is responsible for maintaining the buildings.”

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