Foot injury on shopping centre escalator leads to loss of toe

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A Nottingham shopping centre escalator which trapped a man's foot and caused him to lose a toe has prompted the launch of a council investigation.

Fall at Shopping Centre

The escalator, which is at the West End Arcade at Upper Parliament Street, has been closed down by Nottingham City Council Environmental Health pending the inquiry's results.

A fire service spokesman said that firefighters helped stabilise the man before the arrival of paramedics. "He had lost quite a lot of blood so he was given first aid to help stop the bleeding."

According to East Midlands Ambulance Service, the man was treated at the Queen's Medical Centre after the accident.

An eyewitness said the man was trapped for almost half-an-hour and was "screaming in agony".

"I realised he was in a lot of pain," said David Rose, a shop owner. "He was trapped and people were trying to cut him free."

Another retailer, Nuri Zeglm, said the man was in his 20s and that the escalator had been stopped. "We heard screaming and we saw a man on the escalator with about 3 people trying to help him."

Troy Bartholomew, who also works in the arcade, said the escalator was well kept. "They come at least once a month to maintain it."

According to Nottingham City Council, the surrounding area will be cordoned off until the inquiry is completed.

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