A DAD is warning walkers to beware of a gaping hole on wasteland after his son was left nursing facial injuries after a fall.
Steve Crawley says his son Aaron was walking his collie-cross-Alsatian dog Cassie across wasteland next to Tees Bay Retail Park, off Brenda Road in Hartlepool, on Monday when she got off her lead around 7.30pm.
The 16-year-old and his friend David Currell, also 16, went looking for the runaway dog but struggled to find her in the dark.
As the pair searched, Aaron, a former pupil of Catcote School, in Catcote Road, failed to see a 4ft-deep and 6ft-wide hole in the ground and fell in.
The teenager was left with grazes and bruises to the right-hand side of his face, and two cuts to the top of his head.
His pal ran for help at nearby UK Superbowl and a member of staff there went and helped David get Aaron out of the hole before phoning for an ambulance.
Paramedics took Aaron to the University of North Tees, in Stockton, where doctors had to glue the cuts to his head and he was discharged just before midnight on Tuesday.
Today, Steve, 55, who is on permanent sick and is married to unemployed Kirsty Crawley, 24, said: “Aaron’s still really shaken up about it but me and his stepmam are doing our best to help him get over the shock.
“He’s really lucky that it was just the injuries to his face, there’s nothing wrong with his body at all but his face is a right mess.
“He’s got cuts, bruises and grazes all over the right hand side of his face and the doctors had to glue two cuts at the top of his head.
“He’s broke his new glasses as well so that will cost me for a new pair because he can’t see a thing or go anywhere on his own with them.”
Steve, of Oxford Street, in the Belle Vue area of Hartlepool, said: “I just want to warn people about going on there, especially when it’s dark.
“We all don’t want this to happen to anyone else. We won’t be letting Aaron go up there again. The dog is usually fine and would never run off but we dare not risk it again and have a repeat of this.”