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Tenant who fell climbing over gates sues for £100k

Security: Gates outside the £1m flat in Hampstead, North London PICTURE: CHAMPION NEWS

A BUSINESSMAN seriously injured after trying to climb over security gates at a £1million flat while carrying a takeaway is suing the letting agents for £100,000.

Carlos Perez fractured his spine and suffered a brain injury when he fell on to the pavement.

He had returned home to the rented flat in Hampstead, north London at 10.30pm to discover that newly-installed security gates were stopping him getting in, Central London county court heard. Without a fob or access code, he tried to clamber over.

Mr Perez, 49, says agents Savills failed to tell him when the gates would be operational or pass on the access code. Savills deny they are to blame, and say that he ‘acted in reckless disregard for his own safety’.

The case will return to court at a later date for a full trial on whether Savills are liable for his injuries.