Tuesday 23 May 2017

Boy (14) in critical condition after falling from school roof

The youngster was taken by ambulance to the Manchester Children's Hospital
The youngster was taken by ambulance to the Manchester Children's Hospital

Lauren Brown

A 14-year-old boy remains in a critical condition after falling from the roof of a school, police said.

Kieron Simpson fell around 20ft from the roof of the disused Habergham High School in Burnley, Lancashire, while playing with friends.

The youngster was taken by ambulance to the Manchester Children's Hospital suffering from a fractured skull and internal injuries.

Lancashire Police said that they were contacted at about 9.45pm on Saturday to reports that he had fallen but said there was nothing to suggest it was anything other than a "tragic accident".

The force is now investigating.

Detective Inspector Alisa Wilson, of East CID, said: "This young man has suffered serious injuries and while detectives are investigating the circumstances surrounding the fall, at this stage there is nothing to suggest this was anything other than a tragic accident."

Ruth England, the headteacher at Shuttleworth College in Padiham where Kieron is a pupil said: "This is a very upsetting incident which has shocked all of us in the school.

"We have been in touch with Kieron's family to offer our support and let them know that we are all thinking of them and sending our very best wishes for a speedy recovery for Kieron."

Any witnesses should contact police on 101 quoting log number 1549 of June 18.

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