A NINE-YEAR-old Sheffield boy had a lucky escape when a piece of his great grandmother’s house fell on to him.
Tyreece Brooks was visiting his great grandma Carol Anne Lowther, who lives on Southey Close, Southey Green.
But as he walked to her back door a gust of wind blew a piece of soffit and guttering on to him.
Fortunately the shocked lad suffered only slight injuries.
But his great grandmother – who says she has been reporting the state of her roof to her landlord Sheffield Homes for more than year – believes Tyreece narrowly avoided being seriously injured.
Mrs Lowther said: “A piece of the roof has been hanging down for ages.
“When I first reported it at the council offices in Wordsworth Avenue it must have been more than a year ago.
“I’ve had people and workmen come along and look at it.
“But nothing has been done despite my warnings.
“This was an accident waiting to happen but no one seemed to have cared. Tyreece was lucky but it left him pretty shook up.
“I took him to the doctors and they checked him over and other than a few bruises on his shoulder he was okay.
“I have another great grandson who is just three years old.
“If the piece of roof had hit him rather than Tyreece this might have all turned out quite differently.”
But Sheffield Homes said the problem had not been reported to them more than a year ago.
The company said it was first made aware of the damaged roof just a few weeks ago.
Julie Jenkinson, maintenance partnership assistant manager at Sheffield Homes said:“ “Mrs Lowther reported a problem with her guttering on January 2.
“A repairs officer visited the property on January 4 and undertook a temporary repair.
“Officers visited the property again on January 10 to identify the correct materials and parts to fix the guttering.
“They will arrange a convenient date with Mrs Lowther to conduct the repair and will continue to work closely with her should her property require any further repairs.”