Ilford mum calls for improvements to ‘disgusting’ park equipment after daughter breaks wrist

A mum is calling on Redbridge Council to improve the “disgusting state” of play equipment after her daughter broke her wrist in Valentines Park.

Cheryl Firouzman, of Gants Hill, said her daughter slipped on the slide steps last Saturday (4) and fell after trying to grab a “rotting wooden bannister”.

Three-year-old Sarah was rushed to Queen’s Hospital, where an x-ray showed she had broken her wrist.

Mum Cheryl said: “She whacked her nose on the floor and hit her head. Her nose was bleeding and we heard a snap.

“She’s quite a tough little girl and she doesn’t usually make a fuss but she was screaming her head off so I knew something was wrong.”

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A London Ambulance Service spokesman said an ambulance crew arrived around 4pm to “report of a child fallen off a slide” and took her to Queen’s Hospital, Romford.

Cheryl said the little girl has been scared of playing since the accident.

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She said: “She’s quite a bubbly little girl but she’s a bit down in the dumps now because she can’t do a lot of things.

“Now she’s scared to go to the park, she won’t go near it. It’s not like her at all.”

Sarah’s arm is in a plaster cast, which may have to stay on for up to three months.

Cheryl said she contacted Redbridge Council to complain about the condition of the equipment.

She added: “They should put signs up to say it’s dangerous and make parents aware.

“I feel, as a mother, that they should close it all and revamp it the whole thing.”

A Redbridge Council spokesman said: “A Redbridge Council spokesman said they were aware of the incident.

He added: “Independent Engineers inspect the council’s play equipment in parks on an annual basis. Quarterly maintenance inspections are also carried out by an independent playground inspection company.

“Vision staff trained in this area also regularly inspect the play areas to ensure they are fit for purpose.

“As part of the DCSF Playbuilder, �60,000 was invested in the play area in Valentines Park in 2010.”

The slide has been removed and the area cordoned off since the accident.

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