Welwyn Garden City mum ‘fuming’ after 11-year-old son falls into piece of metal

PUBLISHED: 12:02 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 12:02 24 May 2017

The piece of metal on the wooden poll.

The piece of metal on the wooden poll.


A Welwyn Garden City mum is “fuming” with the borough council after her 11-year-old son fell into a protruding piece of metal.

Leo's wound after his fall in Welwyn Garden CityLeo's wound after his fall in Welwyn Garden City

Lisa Wood’s son Leo was in Little Rivers park near Daniells, when he fell off his bike into a wooden post with metal on it, leaving a gaping wound on his shin.

The full-time mum said: “He said he was riding from the park to come home, went to go past the wooden post, slipped off and his leg went in to the side of the post.

“There was no cut on the trousers but he looked and realised it was quite deep and rang me in tears, so I picked him up and rushed him down to the QEII.”

Lisa, 39, complained to the borough council, but was shocked to hear that following an inspection, the local authority had concluded that no work needed to be done.

Leo was put on antibiotics after his wound became infected, and the Poundwell mum was furious that Welwyn Hatfield Council had not deemed the post is unsafe.

However, following a Welwyn Hatfield Times enquiry, a council spokeswoman said: “This was an unfortunate incident and we wish Leo a full and speedy recovery.

“An inspection took place last week to assess whether the post had been damaged.

“We have since received further information from Ms Wood and a Health and Safety officer visited the park today (Tuesday). Repair works will be carried out on the post as soon as possible.”

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