Woman sues council after slipping over in vomit at Whitesnake gig

Fan says she missed the start of the concert and suffered bruising after the gig in Newport

A woman is suing Newport council after slipping over in vomit at a Whitesnake gig.

Lindy Butcher, 39, slipped over at the gig at the Loft Bar in Newport Leisure Centre on December 7 2011, the South Wales Argus reports. She said she was helped up by a man who told her she had fallen in sick.

“It was horrifying, you don’t expect to fall in someone’s vomit,” she said. Ms Butcher missed the start of the gig as she had to visit the first aid room, where she was cleaned up with disinfectant. Her tickets were refunded as a goodwill gesture.


A claim filed against Newport council says she suffered bruising and soreness to her knees and muscle spasms between her ribs after the incident.

Her lawyer, Andrew Collingbourne, said: “When Lindy presented the facts of this matter to me, I believed she had a worthwhile cause of action which we have pursued vigorously on her behalf and will continue to litigate the matter through to trial, if necessary, to secure compensation.”

A letter from Newport council reads: “It would appear the presence of vomit was reported to staff by a member of the public. One of the bar staff tried to call for a cleaner. However, it was extremely busy in the bar and cafe areas and in the absence of any detail concerning the actual whereabouts of the vomit and with so many people in the bars, it was difficult to pinpoint immediately where the vomit was located.”

Whitesnake formed in 1978 by David Coverdale after his departure from Deep Purple. The band released their 11th studio album ‘Forevermore’ in 2011.


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