A man tripped over and impaled his face on the metal spike of a gate yesterday. He was badly injured and had to be cut free by firefighters in Liverpool using a hydraulic pedal cutter. Emergency services took him to hospital breathing and conscious, the Liverpool Echo reported. It happened close to the front door of a house in Church Road West in Walton at around 9pm. One eyewitness said: ‘It was shocking. ‘From what we’ve heard, the man was coming out of a house when he slipped and fell onto the spike of the railings or the gate.

(Picture: Liverpool Echo)

(Picture: Liverpool Echo)

‘He hurt his face quite badly. ‘I hope he makes a recovery, it’s an awful thing to happen.’ A spokeswoman for Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service said they were called at 9.04pm, and were on the scene seven minutes later.