Fence traps girl, 6, after metal thefts

TRAPPED: Maureen Hopkinson and her great-granddaughter Skye. The panel missing from the fence is the one that fell on Skye, trapping her beneath it.
TRAPPED: Maureen Hopkinson and her great-granddaughter Skye. The panel missing from the fence is the one that fell on Skye, trapping her beneath it.
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A LITTLE girl was trapped beneath a metal fence – because thieves had stolen the bolts from it.

Skye Watson, six, was in the playground at Bridon Way, Cleckheaton, when she ran into one of the metal safety barriers surrounding the park.

The heavy fence fell on top of her, trapping her underneath.

Her great-grandmother Maureen Hopkinson said she had taken her to the park, which is near her home, last Tuesday afternoon.

The Howard Park School pupil was on school summer holidays and was spending the day with her great-grandmother. Maureen said the fence was so heavy she could not lift it on her own to free the hysterical girl.

She said luckily three of Skye’s friends were playing with her and helped to lift the railing off to free her.

Maureen, 71, said: “The railing fell on her and it badly hurt her foot. She was screaming.

“When we got the railing off I was trying to pick her up but she couldn’t walk.

“I had to carry her from the park to my house which is about a five minute walk.

“At first I thought she should have gone to hospital, but the injury wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

“All down her right foot was hurt.

“She was screaming and screaming.

Maureen said two of the barriers, which are joined to posts with large bolts, were left on the floor, but had been taken away when she went back on Wednesday.

She said: “The railings are loose because people are taking out screws. There is money in them.

“I go twice a day walking my dog. I’ve seen them loose and I thought if they fell on anybody they would really hurt them.

“I just didn’t think it was going to happen to my great-granddaughter.”

Skye’s accident comes just two weeks after a similar incident at the park, which is not owned by the council.

Metal safety supports, a safety barrier and dozens of bolts from a climbing frame had been stolen.

Luckily nobody was hurt.

The theft was noticed by dad Shane Fawcett who was riding his bike with his children on the Greenway. He heard a workman say someone had taken the bolts from the barriers but left the rest behind.

Contact Spen police on 01924 295357 with information about the thefts.