A Basildon schoolgirl has been awarded £2,000 in compensation, after she fell from a swing at a council owned recreation ground.
The Essex Echo newspaper is reporting that eleven year old Britoni Wakeling, was playing on a swing which was connected to a zip wire, at Markhams Chase recreation ground, when the seat suddenly gave way and sent her plummeting to the ground six feet below.
Britoni suffered a nasty cut to her wrist in the accident which later required stitches, and also suffered bruising to the side of her head.
Basildon Council admitted liability for the accident and awarded the girl £2,000 in personal injury compensation. This will be held in a trust fund, until she reaches eighteen years of age.
The park was closed down after the incident to allow for an investigation, which discovered that Basildon Council had failed to carry out regular maintenance checks on the play equipment, resulting in the dangerously worn seat not being identified.
A spokesperson for the council apologised for the distress caused to the young girl and her family and stressed that play areas are checked on a weekly basis, with any damaged equipment replaced as soon as possible.