Falling stripper pole knocks gran unconscious at her own daughter’s hen do
A gran was knocked unconscious when a male stripper’s fireman’s pole collapsed into the audience at a Dreamboys show in London.
The woman, 75, was watching Lewis Riches, 32, perform at the For Your Eyes Only club in Shoreditch when the pole “ripped out of the ceiling” and knocked her out cold.
Dad-of-two Mr Riches shattered his leg in two places when the 20ft pole crashed into the OAP.
An onlooker said: “We were sitting in the second row, enjoying the beginning of the show, when a stripper jumped onto a pole, which ripped out of the ceiling.
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“The pole landed on an elderly woman's head and promptly knocked her unconscious.
“The paramedics had her in a neck brace and had to use defibrillators.
“Although we left 40 minutes later, neither party moved again and the screaming and crying didn't stop. It was traumatic for all involved.”
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Lewis will have an operation on his leg and ankle today – and could be off work for six months.
Hen party guest Kerry Hilliard added: “He literally ran across the stage to swing on the pole and it ripped clear off the ceiling!
“At first I thought it was part of the performance but I quickly realised that it had all gone horribly wrong!”
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A spokesperson for London Ambulance Service said a woman was rushed to hospital after suffering a head injury at the club.
They said: “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).
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“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.'
Dreamboys spokeswoman Kirsty Shaw-Rayner told the Sun: “Lewis is such a lovely guy. He's so sweet and he was in tears about the whole thing. All he was concerned about was making sure the lady was OK.
“Luckily, she is going to be all right — but it's not the way she imagined her night going!”
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