Mum raises alarm after five-year-old son is injured on park

SCARRED -- five-year-old Harry Roebuck shows the burn-type injury that he sustained in the accident.
SCARRED -- five-year-old Harry Roebuck shows the burn-type injury that he sustained in the accident.

An alarmed mum has issued a danger warning after her five-year-old son was injured in a freak accident on a park in Stanton Hill.

The accident was caused by vandals who maliciously tied a piece of pink shoelace or string between two objects on the park.

Little Harry Roebuck failed to see the string as he was running along and was sent flying, landing on his back with a nasty injury.

Now mum Kerry wants to put other parents on their guard about the possible dangers at Meden Bank Park, which is a small grassed area that includes swings and a climbing frame next to Meden Bank and Fackley Road. She has even reported the accident to the police, who say they are investigating.

Kerry, 29, and husband Simon, 30, who works for Huthwaite Plumbing and Heating Supplies Ltd, of Sutton, live on Pleasley Road, Skegby.

Harry and his younger brother, two-year-old Elliott, were taken to the park on Thursday evening last week by their grandad, Paul Roebuck (50), who lives in Stanton Hill.

“Paul says he saw Harry running and the next minute, he was on his back after hitting his head on the floor,” said Kerry.

“Harry was very brave, but he was so upset. He was crying hysterically. It really hurt him, and he’s got a burn-type injury on his neck and chest. It’s made a real mess of him,

“I was upset too. It could have been much worse than it was. The whole thing has been very distressing.

“We want to warn other parents and children to be careful. I have no idea why anyone would want to do this. Perhaps it was kids messing about and they thought it might be funny to see someone fall like this. But it definitely wasn’t funny.”

Anyone with information should ring the police on 101.

Meden Bank Park is run by Ashfield District Council, who issued this statement after the accident:

“The safety of youngsters playing on parks and open spaces is a high priority for the council, and the boy involved in this incident is wished a speedy recovery.

“Regular inspections are made to ensure that green spaces are maintained to the highest standards, with six of the district’s parks retaining this year heir Green Flag status, which is a national benchmark for excellence in recreational areas.

“Meden Bank Park, also known locally as the People’s Park, is inspected weekly by the council. The park was inspected on Monday August 18 before the incident, and there was no reported vandalism or damage.”