Enfield Borough Council pledges to replace Paul Davies' door broken in dog attack in Enfield Highway
A blind father calling for the authorities to secure his home following a brutal attack has had his demands met.
Paul Davies and his 16-year-old son Jay were at their home in Broadfield Square in Enfield Highway in November when crowbar-wielding thugs stabbed their 15-year-old Staffordshire bull terrier in the neck.
The dog survived the attack, but a broken front door in his Enfield Homes disabled property left Mr Davies – who also suffers from a degenerative nerve disorder, diabetes and depression – concerned for him and his son’s safety.
Although Enfield Borough Council replaced the door in his home last month, it was eight inches smaller than the first door and meant he could not go through it with his wheelchair.
A statement from a council spokesman said: "Mr Davies asked for a high quality door, so although Enfield Homes was prepared to fit a new wider door this was postponed because Enfield Homes suggested that a referral to the council's occupational therapy service would ensure that all Mr Davies’ access and mobility needs are fully met in his home after his operation.
"It is felt that the best solution for Mr Davies' home is a thorough assessment so that we can fit and design a much wider door and install helpful modifications in other parts of his home.
"Once the assessment is complete we can proceed with further works. Both Mr Davies and his father have agreed to the referral."
Mr Davies, who was a carpenter before his vision started to deteriorate, does not know why the council is insisting on carrying out further work.
He said he just wanted the council to provide him with a more secure door which would protect him and his son, and one large enough for him to use with his wheelchair.
He said: “All I really asked for was the same size door. They don’t need to make any modifications – all they needed to do was to put another frame in and the same size door.
“That’s just the council for you.”