Former Harry Potter stunt man David Holmes left paralysed following fall to appeal Southend Council planning decision

First published in News Watford Observer: Photograph of the Author by , Features Writer

A man paralysed while working as a Harry Potter stunt double at Leavesden Studios is to appeal against a decision made by his local council, after an application to build a specially adapted home was rejected.

David Holmes, 27, is wheelchair-bound as a result of spinal injuries he suffered two years ago on the film set.

He was rehearsing an aerial sequence when it is believed a controlled explosion caused him to fall to the ground.

Mr Holmes, from Romford in Essex, was taken to Watford General Hospital following his fall, but was later transferred to Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital, in Stanmore.

Last week, Southend Council turned down his application to build a specially-adapted home in Eastwood Road, Leigh.

Mr Holmes has since said he plans to appeal against the decision.

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