Weather causes havoc across Hampshire

Tree crashes through house as 70mph winds batter Hampshire

Tree crashes through house as 70mph winds batter Hampshire

Dick Wilkinson outside his home in Winchester

First published in News Daily Echo: Photograph of the Author by , Education Reporter

A FATHER has told of the terrifying moment a tree crashed onto him as he lay in bed.

Dick Wilkinson, 65, was trapped in his bedroom after a 60ft beech tree fell on the roof of his Winchester home this morning.

Speaking exclusively to the Daily Echo Mr Wilkinson said: “I was lying in bed half asleep half awake because of the storm when suddenly there was this incredible crash. I knew exactly what had happened.

“When I came to either a tile or a brick or a piece of branch struck my head quite hard luckily it only tore my ear, so I am on the way to get that sorted out now.”

Daughter Eleanor, 20, studying classics at Oxford, said she was woken by the sound of the tree crashing through the roof and tried desperately to get into her father's room.

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“There was just this crash, I figured it must have been one of the trees so I went to dad's room but I couldn't get in. It was just wedged shut.

“It was a lucky escape in the end, the firefighters managed to get him out.”

Crews from Winchester were called and used a ladder to help rescue Mr Wilkinson from the Westley Close property just after 4am today.

A Hampshire Fire and Rescue spokesman said: "It must have been quite a shock to him to find a tree in his bedroom. It could have been a lot more serious."

This morning the pair returned to the address to see the damage. Mr Wilkinson, a retired teacher at Winchester College, said: “It does look really quite devastating, I am just so lucky that I wasn't lying on the other side of the bed. It was very close.”

Mr Wilkinson's wife Angela, 50, was visiting family in London last night, but Mr Wilkinson said she could have been seriously injured if she were there.

“The debris missed me by inches but it would have been on her side of the bed.”

Mr Wilkinson was treated for injuries to his ear by paramedics but was this morning at Salisbury hospital for treatment that may have to involve plastic surgery.

Cambridge graduate Mr Wilkinson is presently chairman of governors of the University of Winchester after being head of Spanish at Winchester College.

He has lived in Winchester for more than 20 years. He joined the diplomatic service in 1972 but left in 2005.

He was made a Commander of the Royal Victorian Order in 1991 in recognition of his service at the British Embassy in Paris.

The drama came as winds with speeds of up to 70 miles per hour battered Hampshire last night.

Hampshire police dealt with more than 200 calls due to flooding and fallen trees.

The M3 just north of Winchester was closed for almost an hour after a ten vehicle collision at about 7am.

The Met Office is forecasting more storms for later this week.

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8:25am Tue 13 Dec 11

meechy says...

Please please please get a literate person to read the proof, check the grammar, and spellcheck your stories before publishing !!!
Please please please get a literate person to read the proof, check the grammar, and spellcheck your stories before publishing !!! meechy
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8:34am Tue 13 Dec 11

Supersaintz says...

^^^Watch out, grammer police about ^^^
^^^Watch out, grammer police about ^^^ Supersaintz
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8:50am Tue 13 Dec 11

zurichboy says...

Supersaintz wrote:
^^^Watch out, grammer police about ^^^
He has one hand on your shoulder for sure!
[quote][p][bold]Supersaintz[/bold] wrote: ^^^Watch out, grammer police about ^^^[/p][/quote]He has one hand on your shoulder for sure! zurichboy
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8:59am Tue 13 Dec 11

hulla baloo says...

A long story about the tree crashing through the roof, and almost lost in the middle is a sentence about a 10 car accident, totally unconnected.
A long story about the tree crashing through the roof, and almost lost in the middle is a sentence about a 10 car accident, totally unconnected. hulla baloo
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9:59am Tue 13 Dec 11

For pity sake says...

Supersaintz wrote:
^^^Watch out, grammer police about ^^^
"GrammAr", please.
[quote][p][bold]Supersaintz[/bold] wrote: ^^^Watch out, grammer police about ^^^[/p][/quote]"GrammAr", please. For pity sake
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10:58am Tue 13 Dec 11

The Salv says...

That tree looks pretty dead. Highlights the importance of getting a tree surgeon round to check any trees that may pose a threat in your garden. If it's not on your land contact the land owner or the council.
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There are many trees that are hardley attached to the ground through rot etc. Important to get these checked.
That tree looks pretty dead. Highlights the importance of getting a tree surgeon round to check any trees that may pose a threat in your garden. If it's not on your land contact the land owner or the council. . There are many trees that are hardley attached to the ground through rot etc. Important to get these checked. The Salv
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12:14pm Tue 13 Dec 11

bigfella says...

Love the comedy bandage
Love the comedy bandage bigfella
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12:28pm Tue 13 Dec 11

moonshadow says...

his hair lol wonder if it stood on end b4 or after the trr hit....bless him. glad it wasnt too serious
his hair lol wonder if it stood on end b4 or after the trr hit....bless him. glad it wasnt too serious moonshadow
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1:38pm Tue 13 Dec 11

Dawnmilky says...

Nice to see he thanked my other half who was actually the one who called the emergency services, and was there when it happened as he was delivering milk to a house opposite and also went back after he had finished his round to make sure he was OK!!!! That's gratitude for you!!!!
Nice to see he thanked my other half who was actually the one who called the emergency services, and was there when it happened as he was delivering milk to a house opposite and also went back after he had finished his round to make sure he was OK!!!! That's gratitude for you!!!! Dawnmilky
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1:49pm Tue 13 Dec 11

The Salv says...

Dawnmilky wrote:
Nice to see he thanked my other half who was actually the one who called the emergency services, and was there when it happened as he was delivering milk to a house opposite and also went back after he had finished his round to make sure he was OK!!!! That's gratitude for you!!!!
People dont do good deeds to receive praise or gratitude, shame you had to mention it.
[quote][p][bold]Dawnmilky[/bold] wrote: Nice to see he thanked my other half who was actually the one who called the emergency services, and was there when it happened as he was delivering milk to a house opposite and also went back after he had finished his round to make sure he was OK!!!! That's gratitude for you!!!![/p][/quote]People dont do good deeds to receive praise or gratitude, shame you had to mention it. The Salv
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1:54pm Tue 13 Dec 11

hello121 says...

In that picture he looks like Silas from Hollyoaks.
In that picture he looks like Silas from Hollyoaks. hello121
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1:54pm Tue 13 Dec 11

Dawnmilky says...

People dont do good deeds to receive praise or gratitude, shame you had to mention it.

No your right, that's why when Dick told him to contact the paper he hasnt done so. But is it really that hard to say a simple 'Thank you'?! Pretty sure I would be thanking anyone that helped me in that situation!
People dont do good deeds to receive praise or gratitude, shame you had to mention it. No your right, that's why when Dick told him to contact the paper he hasnt done so. But is it really that hard to say a simple 'Thank you'?! Pretty sure I would be thanking anyone that helped me in that situation! Dawnmilky
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2:48pm Tue 13 Dec 11

elwilk says...

I am the daughter mentioned in this article and I was in the next room when it happened. I myself called the emergency services and was unaware that your husband had as well, I was focused on my own phonecall and on talking to my father through the wall to check he was ok. I'm sorry that your other half didn't feel my father was grateful enough. I seem to remember we both said thank you when he came back to check we were ok (which was very kind of him to do) but perhaps we didn't and if that is the case then I'm sorry. We were both quite shocked and he was in a rush to get to Salisbury for his ear operation. Please thank him for both of us.
I am the daughter mentioned in this article and I was in the next room when it happened. I myself called the emergency services and was unaware that your husband had as well, I was focused on my own phonecall and on talking to my father through the wall to check he was ok. I'm sorry that your other half didn't feel my father was grateful enough. I seem to remember we both said thank you when he came back to check we were ok (which was very kind of him to do) but perhaps we didn't and if that is the case then I'm sorry. We were both quite shocked and he was in a rush to get to Salisbury for his ear operation. Please thank him for both of us. elwilk
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3:11pm Tue 13 Dec 11

Mrsc24 says...

Dawnmilky wrote:
Nice to see he thanked my other half who was actually the one who called the emergency services, and was there when it happened as he was delivering milk to a house opposite and also went back after he had finished his round to make sure he was OK!!!! That's gratitude for you!!!!
I think your complaining about a lack of public thanks from a man in shock during an interview that lasted about a minute takes away the unconditional kindness that good deeds are all about. Does your husband know you are complaining on his behalf? I think Mr Wilkinson was probably more worried about the TV camera in front of him, or perhaps the bandage around his head, or maybe the prospect of cosmetic surgery over Christmas, or possibly the shock of a tree landing on his bed in the middle of the night and feeling lucky to be alive. More than one person can report incidents to 999, so perhaps you both did but it's not about who got there first or who did more, surely the fact that everyone is ok is all that really matters. I am sure if your husband had called round in a few days time to check he was ok he would have received many thanks without prompt. I agree with The Salv - what a shame you had to mention it at all.
[quote][p][bold]Dawnmilky[/bold] wrote: Nice to see he thanked my other half who was actually the one who called the emergency services, and was there when it happened as he was delivering milk to a house opposite and also went back after he had finished his round to make sure he was OK!!!! That's gratitude for you!!!![/p][/quote]I think your complaining about a lack of public thanks from a man in shock during an interview that lasted about a minute takes away the unconditional kindness that good deeds are all about. Does your husband know you are complaining on his behalf? I think Mr Wilkinson was probably more worried about the TV camera in front of him, or perhaps the bandage around his head, or maybe the prospect of cosmetic surgery over Christmas, or possibly the shock of a tree landing on his bed in the middle of the night and feeling lucky to be alive. More than one person can report incidents to 999, so perhaps you both did but it's not about who got there first or who did more, surely the fact that everyone is ok is all that really matters. I am sure if your husband had called round in a few days time to check he was ok he would have received many thanks without prompt. I agree with The Salv - what a shame you had to mention it at all. Mrsc24
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3:19pm Tue 13 Dec 11

elwilk says...

Mrsc24 wrote:
Dawnmilky wrote:
Nice to see he thanked my other half who was actually the one who called the emergency services, and was there when it happened as he was delivering milk to a house opposite and also went back after he had finished his round to make sure he was OK!!!! That's gratitude for you!!!!
I think your complaining about a lack of public thanks from a man in shock during an interview that lasted about a minute takes away the unconditional kindness that good deeds are all about. Does your husband know you are complaining on his behalf? I think Mr Wilkinson was probably more worried about the TV camera in front of him, or perhaps the bandage around his head, or maybe the prospect of cosmetic surgery over Christmas, or possibly the shock of a tree landing on his bed in the middle of the night and feeling lucky to be alive. More than one person can report incidents to 999, so perhaps you both did but it's not about who got there first or who did more, surely the fact that everyone is ok is all that really matters. I am sure if your husband had called round in a few days time to check he was ok he would have received many thanks without prompt. I agree with The Salv - what a shame you had to mention it at all.
I agree. Thank you.
[quote][p][bold]Mrsc24[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dawnmilky[/bold] wrote: Nice to see he thanked my other half who was actually the one who called the emergency services, and was there when it happened as he was delivering milk to a house opposite and also went back after he had finished his round to make sure he was OK!!!! That's gratitude for you!!!![/p][/quote]I think your complaining about a lack of public thanks from a man in shock during an interview that lasted about a minute takes away the unconditional kindness that good deeds are all about. Does your husband know you are complaining on his behalf? I think Mr Wilkinson was probably more worried about the TV camera in front of him, or perhaps the bandage around his head, or maybe the prospect of cosmetic surgery over Christmas, or possibly the shock of a tree landing on his bed in the middle of the night and feeling lucky to be alive. More than one person can report incidents to 999, so perhaps you both did but it's not about who got there first or who did more, surely the fact that everyone is ok is all that really matters. I am sure if your husband had called round in a few days time to check he was ok he would have received many thanks without prompt. I agree with The Salv - what a shame you had to mention it at all.[/p][/quote]I agree. Thank you. elwilk
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6:55pm Tue 13 Dec 11

SotonLad says...

Why was he sleeping in the garage?
Why was he sleeping in the garage? SotonLad
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10:19pm Tue 13 Dec 11

solomum says...

SotonLad wrote:
Why was he sleeping in the garage?
I think you will find he was in the room above the garage.
[quote][p][bold]SotonLad[/bold] wrote: Why was he sleeping in the garage?[/p][/quote]I think you will find he was in the room above the garage. solomum
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10:51pm Tue 13 Dec 11

kitchenmark says...

I can't believe this reporter has a job in journalism and I don't. This is so poorly written; bad grammar and structured wrongly. *Sigh*

Ps. Mrsc24 - I want to buy you a beer. Your response to Dawnmilky's disrespectful comment couldn't have been more perfectly constructed.
I can't believe this reporter has a job in journalism and I don't. This is so poorly written; bad grammar and structured wrongly. *Sigh* Ps. Mrsc24 - I want to buy you a beer. Your response to Dawnmilky's disrespectful comment couldn't have been more perfectly constructed. kitchenmark
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