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Girl, 6, suffers head injury from falling toilet at Holloway primary school

PUBLISHED: 10:42 11 November 2010

Brecknock Primary School

Brecknock Primary School

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A SIX-year-old girl was injured when the heavy lid of a toilet cistern fell on her head at a Holloway primary school.

The Year Two pupil was rushed to hospital with a head injury following the horrific accident at Brecknock Primary School, in Cliff Villas, off York Way, at 2.50pm on Wednesday.

The lid fell on her head from an overhead cistern as she pulled the chain to flush the toilet.

Paramedics treated the youngster at the scene before taking her to the Royal Free Hospital, in Pond Street, Hampstead.

Worried parents were met with the sight of an ambulance at the gates as they came to collect their children after school, with many demanding answers as to how the accident was allowed to happen.

One 35-year-old mother, who lives on the York Way Estate, off North Road, Holloway, and asked not to be named, said: “It’s shocking. I didn’t take my daughter to school this morning. It could have killed her. There’s just a feeling of complete disgust from all the parents. It’s an old building. We’re all worried if it’s going to happen again. We want to go in and check all the other toilets.”

Camden Council and staff at Brecknock described the girl’s injury as “minor” - despite her needing the following two days off school and the weekend to recover.

All remaining cistern lids have now been removed from other toilets at the school, which was originally built in 1881.

Headteacher Sue Ladipo said: “We can confirm that a child did sustain a minor injury after a cistern lid fell on her. An ambulance was called by the school and she was treated at the scene. The injury was not serious and she is expected back at school on Monday.

“We are taking this accident very seriously and can assure parents that the school is safe and all necessary precautions have been taken.

“Council officers have attended the school and removed all other cistern lids in the block. Other toilets in the school have been refurbished and the cisterns in them are not above children’s head height. This toilet is due to refurbished and this work will be carried out as soon as possible.”

Mrs Ladipo added: “We understand that this may cause some concern to parents but can assure them that their children’s safety is our first priority.”

A spokeswoman for London Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 2.50pm on November 3 to an incident at Brecknock Primary School. We sent one ambulance crew to the scene. Our staff treated one patient, a six-year-old girl, and took her to the Royal Free Hospital with a head injury.”

The injured girl was “conscious and breathing” when paramedics arrived at the scene, the spokeswoman added.


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