Toilet cistern just misses Sheffield toddler

Sarah Wallder with her daughter Paige near the toilet where the cistern fell off while Paige was in there
Sarah Wallder with her daughter Paige near the toilet where the cistern fell off while Paige was in there
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WORRIED Sheffield mum Sarah Wallder believes her daughter ‘could have been killed’ by a falling toilet cistern.

The cistern crashed down as Sarah, aged 27, pulled the chain in the downstairs toilet for two-year-old Paige.

Sarah, who lives in Southey with partner Spencer Clark and Paige, said: “It’s lucky I was in there. The cistern fell off and missed Paige’s head by inches.

“She is almost old enough to be going to the toilet on her own and had she done so and the cistern had fallen, it could have hit her on the head and killed her.”

Sarah said she then found the cistern, which was high up on the wall in the former coal house at the council-owned property, had no screws.

She said: “It’s shocking. The house has had renovations under the Decent Homes programme, including a new kitchen and bathroom, but the downstairs toilet is really old and should have been replaced, too.”

Sarah’s drama comes after news Sheffield Council is struggling to afford completion of the Decent Homes programme and needs to find £100 million to complete work at all 42,000 homes.

Some properties have still had no work, even though the scheme was supposed to have been finished three years ago.

Sarah said, given the wider situation, she is unsure when her old toilet will be replaced.

A Sheffield Homes spokeswoman said: “Our tenants’ safety is important to us and we sympathise with Ms Wallder and appreciate her concern this could have hurt someone. This is why on receiving the fault report from Ms Wallder, we responded within three days and ensured the toilet cistern was fixed to the tenant’s satisfaction. It is imperative our tenants call us to report a repair as soon as possible so that we can deal with it promptly.”