A toddler suffered serious head injuries, and remains in hospital, following being struck by a large piece of debris that had fallen from unsafe scaffolding. Police are now calling for witnesses in order to fully decipher what caused this terrible incident.
The event occurred at around 10.45am on Friday 6th July on Preston Street, when three year old girl was being pushed in her pushchair by her mother, before a large piece of timber fell from above, hitting the child.She was then taken to hospital with serious head injuries, where she remains.
It is believed that the timber fell from scaffolding that surrounded a nearby building, and Brighton police are now working with Police are working with Health and Safety Executive following the incident, who will be investigating.
Two men have been arrested in connection with the incident. One 32 year old from Hove was arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm, and the other a 39 year old from Brighton, who is being held on suspicion of failing to discharge general health and safety duty at work.
Detective Chief Inspector Pierre Serra of Brighton police has called for witnesses to get in touch: “We are appealing to anyone who may have been walking along the street at this time to come forward with any information they have on this incident.”
The police are also urging anyone who may have been driving around the area at this time to check their dash cam footage to see if the incident was captured, and if so to get in touch with the police.
If you can assist the police in any way to contact them, either online or by calling 101 and quoting 455 of 06/07.