Publican blames 'weak ankles' as he breaks foot in charity bungee jump


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A pub landlord who broke his foot in three places during a 200ft charity bungee jump thinks his injuries could be down to "weak ankles".

Mick Wilton said accident and emergency medics found he fractured his foot and ankle and was left with serious ligament damage - all believed to have been caused by the bungee strapping.

Speaking to the Sentinel newspaper, the 46-year-old, who signed a disclaimer before the jump, has refused to blame the bungee rope operator, instead saying it was "just one of those things".

Before jumping for the fundraising event he had set up outside his pub, Chesters in Chesterton, Staffordshire, six other people had already done the drop without incident to collect money for the Midlands Air Ambulance charity.

The publican has now been told he may need surgery and will be on crutches for up to six months.

He also has to wear a plaster cast for two months and it could take four for the ligaments to repair themselves.

Mr Wilton said: "I'm not really bothered. It was just one of those things.

"I will need to have more X-rays and, depending on what they show, I will have a full plaster or need an operation.

"I'm getting used to the pain now."

He is now planning a charity parachute jump.