Park safety call after tot injured

Pictured: CHARLI HESKETH-DRAKE, FOUR, AND HER MUM JULIE HESKETH. CHARLIE FELL OFF A ROUNDABOUT AT QUEEN'S PARK, AIREDALE, AND CUT HER HEAD BADLY DUE TO MISSING SAFETY MATS AT THE PLAYGROUND.
Pictured: CHARLI HESKETH-DRAKE, FOUR, AND HER MUM JULIE HESKETH. CHARLIE FELL OFF A ROUNDABOUT AT QUEEN'S PARK, AIREDALE, AND CUT HER HEAD BADLY DUE TO MISSING SAFETY MATS AT THE PLAYGROUND.
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A MUM is calling for action at a Castleford park after her four-year-old daughter was injured because vital rubber safety tiles were missing.

Charli Hesketh-Drake was left with a five centimetre cut to her head after falling from a roundabout at Queen’s Park in Airedale – but instead of landing on soft protective rubber matting, she hit the concrete floor and had to be taken to Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield by ambulance.

Pictured: CHARLI HESKETH-DRAKE, FOUR, AND HER MUM JULIE HESKETH. CHARLIE FELL OFF A ROUNDABOUT AT QUEEN'S PARK, AIREDALE, AND CUT HER HEAD BADLY DUE TO MISSING SAFETY MATS AT THE PLAYGROUND.

Pictured: CHARLI HESKETH-DRAKE, FOUR, AND HER MUM JULIE HESKETH. CHARLIE FELL OFF A ROUNDABOUT AT QUEEN'S PARK, AIREDALE, AND CUT HER HEAD BADLY DUE TO MISSING SAFETY MATS AT THE PLAYGROUND.

Her mum Julie Hesketh, 23, is calling for Wakefield Council to fix the tiles and has issued a warning to other parents.

She said: “My partner was pushing her and she wasn’t going fast, but somehow she just came off. There were so many rubber tiles taken up that she hit her head on a concrete kerb that should have been covered up.

“It was really scary, I was shaking but she was really brave, she didn’t cry.”

Miss Hesketh, who was at the park with her partner Michael Burns and her 18-month-old son Benjamin Hesketh-Burns, rushed Charli to her grandmother’s house, where they called an ambulance because the cut was so deep. Medics at Pinderfields used surgical glue to seal the wound on the crown of Charli’s head.

Charli Hesketh-Drake after the accident.

Charli Hesketh-Drake after the accident.

Since the accident, on Monday June 4, Miss Hesketh said she’d been unable to wash Charli’s hair, and she was still experiencing headaches from the fall.

She added: “At first we didn’t realise how big the cut was, because her hair was tied up, it was only when we got to Pinderfields, when they took her hair down that we could see how long it was.

“There were so many safety tiles missing at the park that I’m scared for other parents that it could happen to them. I want to warn them and I want the council to get it fixed and monitor the park.”

Miss Hesketh has made an official complaint to the council about the incident.

Glynn Humphries, service director for cleaner and greener, said: “We are sorry to hear about this accident. The complaint is now being dealt with through the council’s formal complaints procedures, so we cannot comment further on this individual case.

“However, we take a tough stand against vandalism and are working with the police and the anti-social behaviour team to keep our communities safe. We urge people to respect play areas and other open public spaces and to report any anti-social behaviour to the police by dialing 101 from either landlines or mobiles.”