Monday 22 January 2018

Topshop to remove display barriers from Irish stores following tragic death of boy (10) in England

The scene outside Topshop in the Oracle shopping centre in Reading, Berkshire, where according to reports a 10-year-old boy died from severe head injuries following an incident involving shop furniture. Photo: Dominic Harris/PA Wire
The scene outside Topshop in the Oracle shopping centre in Reading, Berkshire, where according to reports a 10-year-old boy died from severe head injuries following an incident involving shop furniture. Photo: Dominic Harris/PA Wire
Amy Molloy

Amy Molloy

Topshop are removing all till barrier units from their Irish stores following the tragic death of a young boy in England.

The move comes after a 10-year-old boy died at a store in Reading after he suffered serious head injuries in an incident involving one of the display barriers, police said.

The youngster was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital after the incident in the Oracle shopping centre at 4.15pm on Monday, but was pronounced dead.

The boy, who was from the Reading area, has not been named and the coroner's office in the town said an inquest had not yet been opened as police were still investigating.

A spokesperson for Topshop told Independent.ie that till barrier units will now be removed from all Topshop stores, including those in Ireland.

“Further to the recent incident in Reading, as a safety precaution we have decided to remove all the till barrier units in question from our stores with immediate effect," a spokesperson said.

They confirmed that this measure will take place in Irish stores located in Dublin, Drogheda, Galway, Athlone, Waterford and Cork.

Speaking about the death of the boy, Detective Superintendent Paul Hayles said: "We are supporting the boy's family to assist them at this very difficult time.

"We continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding this death.

"A scene watch is in place at the Topshop store and is likely to be in place for some time.

"Detectives are now working with the local authority and the store owners to gather all of the information on how this incident happened."

The store was closed on Tuesday as investigations inside continued.

Police staff could be seen inside the shop through the door.

Bunches of flowers were left against the shop's closed shutters and passers by paused to look at the tributes.

One card, which was unsigned, read: "RIP little man."

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