Hatfield mum concerned at play area safety after son is injured

PUBLISHED: 15:58 27 July 2017 | UPDATED: 16:41 27 July 2017

Picture by Louise Saunders

Picture by Louise Saunders

Louise Saunders

Welwyn Hatfield Council is investigating after a young Hatfield boy needed seven stitches following an accident at a play area.

Charlie McKenna, 11, needed 7 stitches after falling from a climbing net. Picture by Louise SaundersCharlie McKenna, 11, needed 7 stitches after falling from a climbing net. Picture by Louise Saunders

Mum Louise Saunders of Briars Close, Hatfield, was dismayed when at Cavendish play area on July 16 her son Charlie McKenna slipped through the climbing net onto a metal link, giving him a deep 5cm gash in his leg.

Charlie, 11, needed seven stitches, which are coming out today.

“I’m more worried about little kids,” Saunders told this newspaper. “I won’t take my four-year-old there now.”

She notes that the metal link was not broken, but it still inflicted the injury when her son fell.

Picture by Louise SaundersPicture by Louise Saunders

“How is metal on a kid’s plaything safe?

“Surely they should be rubber of some sort,” she wrote on Facebook.

A Welwyn Hatfield Council spokeswoman said to this newspaper: “Equipment in all council play areas is inspected on a weekly basis.

“This incident will be investigated and we will be in touch with Ms Saunders.

Charlie McKenna, 11. Picture by Louise SaundersCharlie McKenna, 11. Picture by Louise Saunders

“If residents have any issues that they need to report to us they can do so by emailing contact-whc@welhat.gov.uk or by phoning 01707 357000, and some issues can also be reported online at www.welhat.gov.uk/reportit”

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