Gran hospitalized after being hit by falling pole at strip show
A Dreamboys stripper broke his leg and knocked a grandmother out cold when his pole snapped and he fell onto the ground in the middle of a show, Metro reports.
Lewis Riches, 32, was performing a routine at the For Your Eyes Only club in Shoreditch, London, on Saturday night when the 20-foot pole reportedly broke and struck a 75-year-old woman in the head.
Riches, a dad-of-two, is said to have broken his leg in two places as a result of the accident while the elderly lady, who had been part of a bachelorette party watching from the second row, was taken to hospital.
Her granddaughter Gemma Louise told Metro.co.uk, that the way it was handled by staff at the venue was "an absolute shambles".
"For a pole like that to be knocked down by somebody when they use it on a regular basis – they should be checking them to make sure it isn’t going to fall off," she said.
Gemma explained that she noticed the floor had "drinks and water" - which were potential hazards - all over it when she entered the club.
She also said following the accident, a member of staff told her friend that an ambulance was on its way, but when she later called for one the operator told her no one had rung to report the incident. Gemma also said that staff quickly tended to the dancer’s head injuries but did nothing about his leg which was reportedly twisted out of place.
Gemma added: "I don’t think the club actually really took it seriously when he fell over they were all a bit like 'what’s just happened?' It just seemed like everyone was just running around the place, no one knew what was going on."
"Some people went over to him and they put ice on his head but nothing about his foot or his leg or anything like that."
"They weren’t like 'move away give both of them space', I feel so sorry for both of them. I was drunk but I can tell you now I sobered up very very quickly."
Gemma also said both her Maid of Honour and brother’s girlfriend, who were sitting in the front row, were about five months pregnant.
She added: "Everyone was just a bit 'well it could have been us', I think everyone’s a bit shocked really."
A friend of Gemma told Metro.co.uk:
"Eventually someone got ice [for his head] but his leg was clearly facing another direction and was broken by none of the staff seemed to notice."
"A nurse from the audience was trying to help but it appeared that no one truly trained was on scene nor called. It was only until a member of our hen crew called the emergency services."
"I don’t think the staff truly took on the extent of the damage. Eventually people starting moving the chairs to clear the room as we were told to go behind the bar area but it was so dangerous as their were drinks and glasses all over the floor."
"None of the staff seemed to know what to do or how to handle the situation. It was pretty traumatic to see both the old lady and dancer in such a way."
A spokesperson for the London Ambulance Services revealed per Metro that the 75-year-old woman received a head injury before being rushed to hospital.
"We were called at 8:17pm yesterday evening (23 February) to reports of an incident on City Road, Shoreditch. We dispatched two ambulance crews, an advanced paramedic, a medic on a bicycle and our hazardous area response team (HART). We treated a woman for a head injury at the scene and took her to hospital. We treated a second person, a man, for a leg injury and took him to hospital."