Boy ‘improving’ after Crawley playground accident


A child who was seriously injured at one of Crawley’s adventure playgrounds is showing signs of improvement.

The eight-year-old, who was hurt when a wooden pole hit him on the head at Cherry Lane Adventure Playground has been moved out of intensive care and into a general ward at St George’s Hospital, police have confirmed.

Members of Crawley Borough Council have been told the accident – which happened on April 8 – might have been caused by the wooden swing structure rotting beneath the soil.

At a meeting of the full council on Wednesday (April 23), Cllr Duncan Crow (Con, Furnace Green) was asked if he had received any word about the cause of the accident.

Cllr Crow said: “It might have been something in terms of underground where the wood may have rotted but we don’t know at this stage.”

Following the accident, all four of the town’s adventure playgrounds were closed while play equipment was assessed. They are due to reopen on Tuesday (May 6).

A spokesman for Sussex Police said: “The boy’s condition is stable and improving.

“The investigation is therefore being transferred from Sussex Police to the Health & Safety Executive’s (HSE) Southern Division for them to consider whether there are any offences under health and safety legislation.”

A spokesman for the HSE could not give a date for the investigation’s completion.