Video: Is this the most dangerous pavement in snow-covered Norwich?

Dangerous pavement in Duke Street, Norwich. Taken from Youtube video of Youtube user PCarver333. Dangerous pavement in Duke Street, Norwich. Taken from Youtube video of Youtube user PCarver333.

Friday, January 18, 2013
1:01 PM

Is this the most dangerous stretch of pavement in Norwich at the moment?

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One keen film-maker had spotted this slippery surface, in Duke Street, and decided to film people braving the iced walkway - despite cones being placed there to warn them.

Some of the slips provide for fun viewing as people battle to keep their footing, but many show people crashing to the ground and emphasise the dangerous conditions which people in Norwich have had to cope with this week.

The video, uploaded by Youtube user PCarver333, already had over 19,000 views this morning.

40 comments

  • I think this video is completely irresponsible: I nearly split my sides laughing.

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    Premier League Budgie

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Hmm, funny how she seems to place the cones on what appears to be the least slippery parts of the pavement forcing people to walk between them on the most dangerous bit. Not so sure her actions are altruistic.

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    Cyril the Canary

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • As it was filmed from the studet quaters I suspect the pavement was doctered ie slid on to make it slippery for the camera and the cone carefully placed to ensure people walked on it! Come on EEN look again there are certainly dangerous paths which need urgent treatment all over the place. Years ago a loory would slowly move down the roads with a man or two in the back throwing sand on to it. sadly H&E and budget cuts put pay to that idea.

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    City Boy

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • mike smith, the city council have around 180 street cleaners,gardeners and bin men contractors, we was told the other day that all were helping out, clearly this not the case.

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    nrg

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • nrg, not really in the same league though is it?

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    Eddie Eel

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Right got my bucket of water ready to make path extra slippy,cones in place just to cover my back,camera ready,now just got to sit at the window for the next 5hrs and film people going past.....it might get me a youtube me sensation...oh it seems someone's done something like it already!come on I'm not a spoil sport I've fell over this week going to and from work but this isn't random moments caught on phone or CCTV this is someone waiting and knowing someone's going to fall, come on evening news swap it for this for the bus push clip or something else!

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    Angrybird

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • It is being filmed from the new flats next door to St Andrews Multi Storey

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    Piranha24

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • nrg, what a disgraceful comment, if you really think filming this is up in the Jimmy Savile league then it is you that is 'sick in the head'

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    Eddie Eel

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • nrg, what a disgraceful comment, if you really think filming this is up in the Jimmy Savile league then it is you that is 'sick in the head'

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    Eddie Eel

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • In answer to Albert Cooper, how many street cleaners does the Council employ and how many hundreds of miles of city pavements do you think there are. Have you inspected all the streets in Norwich, you could have missed them. Whatever streets they cleared they would never be the correct ones for many people.

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    mike smith

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Isnt it possible for a few street cleaners to be seen treating pedestrian areas ?

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    Albert Cooper

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Maybe our film makers time could have been more wisely spent putting a little grit down instead of wasting time filming this! The area outside my shop has been salted and gritted this morning.

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    Amy's Sweet Shop

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Salt might not work but a bloke with a shovel and a broom to get rid of the packed snow would. It is a disgrace and like many of the patches I saw when I was in the city on Thursday could have been sorted with a bit of common sense and a few minutes work. If there is a man to put cones down there is a man to clear the problem. Once cleared and salted and gritted many spots would have stayed clear with the number of people walking on them To leave the pavement from the bus station to St Stephens un cleared and also places where people step off into the road at light controlled crossings is asking for accidents. No one expects miracles but I wonder if all the staff who do outdoor work for the council are actually available to them and whether the system of buying in services means the council has much less flexibility in using manpower than it would have done in the 60s Perhaps a reporter could look in the archives to see what people were saying about Norwich streets and pavements in January1963

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    Daisy Roots

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • @Piranha24 From one of the comments previously posted, it has to be "a bloke" with a shovel and broom to do the job, never mind the fact that *anyone*, irrespective of their gender or, indeed, their occupation who happens to be in the vicinity, and could pitch in and help out to clear snow and ice; after all, many of us have had to do just that with the paths and driveways on our own properties or, indeed, help our neighbours and the surrounding community!

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    Musto_Fan

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Salt does not work properly in conditions below 4 degrees celsius.

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    Jeffrey Osborne

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Well I think u would have to put salt on every path in Norwich then not just this one spot, plus its great viewing. Cones and signs are in place so if they pay more attention then they would not have fallen over

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    Martin P

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • The hazardous walking conditions have led to a reduction in the number of people drifting around gawping at their mobile phone. You need both hands free this weather!

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    JCW

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • full credit should go to the young girl out there trying to help. I know you shouldn't laugh but ......!

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    catalonia13

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I moved the cones nearer the wall, as this is where i fell over, someone has delibratly put the cones at the lower part of the payment to make people fall over as there is a incline on the pathment near the wall this is the dangerous part of the pathment, now ive seen this video i am furoius that the cones were put on the safe part of the pathment, someone could have been killed if they would have slide under a car, I hope the people responsible go to prison for this

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    lisa

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • You're right Lisa, the uploaders of this video should be seen by plod. Our main hospital is being swamped by folk injuring themselves by falling on the ice,however, this paper and the uploader consider it fun...me thinks karma.

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    nrg

    Monday, January 21, 2013

  • SimonH, my detective head tells me your young lady was a useful idiot tool, she looks up at the camera at one point, after placing her signs, she heads towards where the other tw*t was filming.

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    nrg

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • getting cheap and twisted kicks is linked thou....I wouldn't want this sicko as a mate,that's for sure.

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    nrg

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I helped a woman here who fell flat on back. I walked on road! This spot has always been slippery. Years ago I fell on my knees cutting them and there was no adverse weather conditions but I did notice a different surface on this slight slope. Blamed it on my new slippy (flats) shoes! I walk this route three times a week and am always careful here.

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    feebies

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Right got my bucket of water ready to make path extra slippy,cones in place just to cover my back,camera ready,now just got to sit at the window for the next 5hrs and film people going past.....it might get me a youtube me sensation...oh it seems someone's done something like it already!come on I'm not a spoil sport I've fell over this week going to and from work but this isn't random moments caught on phone or CCTV this is someone waiting and knowing someone's going to fall, come on evening news swap it for this for the bus push clip or something else!

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    Angrybird

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Apologies I ment to say the new luxury apartment buildings oppersite the old Electric place (was talking about location and put worong side of road down) this was clearly a set up and the police should investigate and prosicute those resoable.

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    City Boy

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • The time has come to get the unemployed and those that are trusted doing bird out of there cosy centrally heated quarters and put them to work clearing and gritting the city.

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    Old Long Balls

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I have been told by someone that this was filmed from the window of an AVIVA office? Surely this can't be true?

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    norwichred

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I'd like to recommend the young lady, who spent time placing the cones, notices and offering advice, for a community award. We

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    SimonH

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I slipped over on the pavement just north of this location at the junction with St. John Maddermarket & St. Andrews Street...much to everyone's mirth no doubt.

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    MattW

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Ah that's good to know. Cheers for the clarification!

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    norwichred

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • Some thoughts: omnishambles meant -4C I think, and I agree. Clearing compacted snow (the preferred option) is not easy and would require gardening implements; a metal spade and probably a pickaxe which may not be readily available in Duke Street. So cones were placed to stop people walking on the pavement and use the road instead. I can understand some people not being able to work out that ice is slippery, but the truly weird thing is when someone in front of you walks through warning cones and falls over, and you follow them. That said if the people filming the incident were to go down to warn people, (equally sensible) there would be those who would abuse them. As Katman says there is a popular concept that clearing a pavement makes you liable for subsequent accidents. This is not true if a reasonable attempt has been made to improve the situation. Slapstick is funny, this is real people hurting themselves and it is not funny. Perhaps an ambulance chasing solicitor should have been on hand as a third option?

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    The Fortean

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • What a miserable set of so and sos you lot are! This was hilarious, made me and all my friends split our sides laughing. Lighten up and look on the bright side of life, people slip over in the winter and all credit to whoever it was for bringing it to our attention!

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    IT Man

    Saturday, January 19, 2013

  • I hope nobody sustained any serious injury but I have to admit that was hilarious !

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    spark

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • *** nrg " I believe the nasty bint and her jimmy pal set the whole thing up."***. Did not take long for this halfwit to resort to his default position of paranoid conspiracy theories. He also believes by the way that the Chilean miners were never trapped underground for 69 days but spent the entire time hiding in a hotel in another gigantic scam. You couldn't make it up.

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    LARSON.E. WHIPSNADE

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I think the spot is opposite the duke street car park and new flats, aviva offices are much further down.

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    PINKDEADHUNTER

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Lets all sit at home on our PCs and suggest someone else clear the Ice but not actually do anything about it ourselves. Perhaps the young girl didnt have a shovel to clear the snow living in a flat, clearly not on the ground floor! The council were out today spraying this yellow brine on the paths, which would have been no good the other day because of how cold it was, the brine would have frozen. How long would it take someone to clear the ice on the paths with a shovel, ages! Not to mention how very tiring it can be. Problem is some people arent clever enough to see a patch of ice and avoid it, not to mention carrying on when they've just seen someone else slip or fall over on it.

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    Piranha24

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • Why doesn't the film maker go and put some salt on the icy patch, instead of waiting for someone to fall and break their neck or fall under a car?

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    Leonie Delt

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • so the person filming is letting people risk injury for a cheap laugh caught on film! how stupid can you get? How would they feel if someone slipped and cracked their head on the pavement? Why didnt the filmer or anyone else who was aware of this get get some grit down! Its too often every manwomen for hisher self nowadays. People need to muck in and get the shovels out to clear paths. Put those yellow grit bins to good use!

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    Al Northern

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I'd like to recommend the young lady, who spent time placing the cones, notices and offering advice, for a community award. We

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    SimonH

    Friday, January 18, 2013

  • I dont find this remotely funny having slipped on ice a couple of years ago on perfectly flat ground and almost knocking myself out. This morning at 7am I cleared the snow from the front of my house before it got trampled to ice and then put salt down. 9 hours later the ONLY safe piece of pavement in my street is outside my home. Whater happened to people doing their civic duty and clearing their own frontage of snow. Too many TV commercials for ambulance chasing lawyers and myths about being sued for clearing your path.

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    Katman

    Friday, January 18, 2013

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