An Oxford mum is taking legal action against her local council, after her teenage son was injured following a fall from play equipment at Gillians Park, in Blackbird Leys.
The Oxford Mail newspaper is reporting that fourteen year old Callum Stowell, from Greater Leys, was playing with friends on the new ‘Titan’ ride at the park, when he was thrown from the equipment and broke his leg.
His mother Tracey has now launched a claim for compensation against Oxford City Council, in order to raise awareness of what she believes to be a dangerous piece of play equipment.
She told the newspaper that the she wants to see the ride removed from the park before someone else is injured, adding that Callum’s plaster cast has now been removed but he still has to wear a supportive brace.
The new play equipment was installed as part of the council’s refurbishment of play areas around Oxford. A spokesperson from the council stated that all play areas in the city were inspected by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) and play areas were routinely inspected once a week.
The council said it could not comment on the incident at Gillians Park, as it was now in the hands of their insurers.