Child seriously hurt at Crawley adventure playground


A nine-year-old boy was airlifted to hospital with a serious head injury after an accident at Cherry Lane Adventure Playground, Langley Green.

Crawley Borough Council, which runs the playgrounds, confirmed the child was hit on the head by a piece of a wooden pole from the swing on which he was playing.

Paramedics were called to the playground at around 12.50pm yesterday (April 8) before the boy was airlifted to hospital.

A spokesman for the South East Coast Ambulance Service said: “We sent a car and an ambulance to the scene and then assigned the air ambulance.

“The boy was treated at the scene for a serious head injury before being air lifted to St George’s Hospital, in Tooting.”

A spokesman for Crawley Borough Council, which runs the playground, said: “We are sorry about the accident and our thoughts are with the boy and his family; we wish him a full recovery.

“Cherry Lane Adventure Playground has closed for open access play and will remain closed until all equipment and structures have been checked and confirmed as safe.

“The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and we will be working with them to establish exactly what happened.”