Girl, 3, hit by timber still in critical condition with fractured skull

Posted On 09 Jul 2018 at 11:41 am


Police are continuing to appeal for witnesses after a toddler was injured by a falling plank of wood in Brighton.

The three-year-old girl was being pushed in a push chair when the large piece of timber fell from a building above and hit her on the head.

The incident occurred in Preston Street about 10.45am on Friday (6 July).

The victim was taken to Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton, where she underwent surgery for a fractured skull. She has since been transferred to Southampton Hospital, where she remains in a critical but stable condition.

Two people were arrested following the incident and have been assisting officers with enquiries.

A 32-year-old man from Hove, arrested on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm without intent, being an employee who failed to discharge general health and safety duty at work, and being an employer who failed to discharge general health and safety duty at work, has been released on bail until to 3 August.

A 39-year-old man from Brighton, arrested on suspicion of committing grievous bodily harm without intent, and being an employee who failed to discharge general health and safety duty at work, has been released on bail until to 3 August.

Contrary to speculation, we would like to clarify this is an investigation into a private building project, and has nothing to do with any business or other premises in the area.

Police are working with the Health and Safety Executive, which is investigating the incident, and there is no further information available at this stage.

Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 455 of 06/07.

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