Woman 'considers legal action' after being hit for six by Paignton cricketers' ball
A WOMAN waiting on the platform for a steam train to leave was allegedly hit on the head by a flying cricket ball from the neighbouring cricket club.
She needed hospital treatment after being hurt while she enjoyed a cup of tea, waiting for the Paignton to Dartmouth train to leave.
It is the latest incident to anger the Dartmouth Steam Railway and River Boat Company which has demanded action from neighbouring Paignton Cricket Club to stop balls hit for six from the Queens Park ground landing on its property.
Company bosses claim a simple net would halt the balls.
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Andrew Pooley, managing director, claimed that in the past balls had smashed glass canopy panes on the old train station.
He claimed letters had been sent to both the cricket club and landlords Torbay Council but nothing had been done.
He said of the latest incident: "Three balls came in over the fence in quick succession and the last one hit a woman on the head. What if it had hit a child?"
Mr Pooley said the woman was considering taking legal action.
He added: "We have another glass canopy and solar panels on our new building.
"If they break them they will be billed not only for the damage but for the loss of income.
"We've been contacting the club and the council about this problem for the last two years but they keep pointing the finger at each other but nothing has been done.
"No-one wants to take responsibility.
"The rugby club next door has put up nets. Why can't the cricket club do the same?"
Mr Pooley said another issue involved some people allegedly jumping over the fence on to the rail track to recover balls.
He said: "Not only is this illegal but it is dangerous."
Cricket club chairman Mark Griffiths said: "The cricket club is only prepared to discuss this incident with the family of the lady who got hit by the cricket ball, the Steam Railway and Torbay Council."
A Torbay Council spokesman said: "We can confirm a letter has been received and as part of the council's responsibility for public safety, we will be looking into any concerns raised."