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Tragic death of a child in Mile End Park

Posted on 16th December 2015

On Friday 17 July 2015, the day before Alexia’s sixth birthday, her mum took her to Mile End Park, after school. Alexia played in the park with friends whilst her mum, Vida Kwotuah watched close-by, so that she had a clear view of Alexia at all times.

Whilst playing Alexia went to join her friends on a piece of equipment which consisted of two logs, joined together by a rope. The rope was very low and Alexia was able to reach the rope and to hold on to it. One of the logs was on a small hill and tilted inwards.

Her mum saw Alexia and two other children swinging on the rope but, then she saw the log which was tilted inwards, start to fall. She ran towards Alexia, but the log fell very quickly and Alexia ended up lying in the ground.

CPR was administered to Alexia at the scene, but unfortunately Alexia sadly died later that evening, at The Royal London Hospital.

A Preliminary Inquest Review took place on the 28 October 2015 at Poplar Coroner’s Court. During this hearing an Inspector at the Health and Safety Executive explained that Mile End Park had not been inspected for one year and nine months. The police also confirmed that the Crown Prosecution Service is considering whether charges for corporate manslaughter and/or gross negligence manslaughter should be brought.

The Inquest into Alexia’s death is listed for the 11 April 2016 at St Pancras Coroner’s Court. The Inquest will be adjourned, should the police press charges for corporate manslaughter and/or gross negligence manslaughter.

Commenting on the circumstances, Emily Welstead, the family’s solicitor said “This is an extremely tragic case. Many parents take their children, of all ages, to this park and they have a right to be safe. It should have been safe for Alexia to play with any piece of equipment in Mile End Park. I believe that Alexia’s death was preventable and it is absolutely disgraceful that Mile End Park had not been inspected for one year and nine months

Watch the interview on BBC iPlayer – BBC News London 15/12/2015