Home | News | Latest Additions | Boy aged 10 killed in Topshop at Oracle shopping centre
Stacy Francis has HUGE row with CBB's Jessica Cunningham (after ranting about Kim Woodburn)

Boy aged 10 killed in Topshop at Oracle shopping centre





Boy aged 10 killed in Topshop at Oracle shopping centre Boy aged 10 killed in Topshop at Oracle shopping centre
  • A 10-year-old child suffered severe head injuries in Topshop at 4pm yesterday
  • The boy was shopping at the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading, Berkshire
  • Unconfirmed reports suggest he pulled a barrier down and it hit his head
  • The child died in Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading an hour after incident
  • Did you see what happened? Email charlie.moore@mailonline.co.uk 

Health and Safety inspectors are today expected to visit a Topshop store where a 10-year-old boy died after a heavy piece of furniture fell on top of him. 

The schoolboy was spending the first day of half term at the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading, Berkshire when he suffered severe head injuries yesterday.

Unconfirmed reports suggest he pulled a barrier down and it crashed on his head inside the store. He died in hospital an hour later.

Tragedy: A 10-year-old boy was killed today when a heavy piece of store furniture fell on top of him. Pictured: Police and paramedics outside the Oracle shopping Centre in Reading Tragedy: A 10-year-old boy was killed today when a heavy piece of store furniture fell on top of him. Pictured: Police and paramedics outside the Oracle shopping Centre in Reading

Tragedy: A 10-year-old boy was killed today when a heavy piece of store furniture fell on top of him. Pictured: Police and paramedics outside the Oracle shopping Centre in Reading

The boy had a major head trauma and was unconscious at the Topshop store (pictured) The boy had a major head trauma and was unconscious at the Topshop store (pictured)

The boy had a major head trauma and was unconscious at the Topshop store (pictured)

Police were still at the scene this morning and the Topshop store remains cordoned off. It is unclear when it will be reopened to the public.

Staff from the Health and Safety Executive are expected to visit the shop later today.

 

Yesterday, paramedics and police rushed to the Oracle Centre in the pedestrianised area of Reading shortly after 4pm and found the boy lying on the floor. 

He had a major head trauma and was unconscious. Medics treated him as he lay on the floor before he was rushed to the nearby Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading where he was later confirmed dead.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: 'We were called by the South Central Ambulance Service at around 4.15pm this afternoon to a retail store at the Oracle shopping centre, Reading.

One eyewitness wrote on Twitter yesterday: 'Ambulance outside of OracleReading' One eyewitness wrote on Twitter yesterday: 'Ambulance outside of OracleReading'

One eyewitness wrote on Twitter yesterday: 'Ambulance outside of OracleReading'

'On attendance they found that a 10-year-old boy had suffered serious head injuries after an incident involving store furniture.

'The boy was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital where sadly he was pronounced dead. His next of kin have been informed.

'At this time the death is being treated as unexplained but non-suspicious and police are making further inquiries.'

A member of staff at the Topshop store refused to comment to MailOnline.

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service said: ' We received the call at 4.12pm to reports of a 12-year-old boy who was suffering a seirous medical emergency.

'He was in a life-threatening condition.

'We sent three ambulances and two officers in a rapid response vehicle.

'After treatment at the scene he was taken to the Royal Berkshire Hospital still in a life-threatening condition.'

The death is likely to be referred to the Health and Safety Executive for a full investigation and a report was expected to be prepared for the Berkshire Coroner Peter Bedford.

 The child suffered severe head injuries in Topshop at the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading, Berkshire  The child suffered severe head injuries in Topshop at the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading, Berkshire

 The child suffered severe head injuries in Topshop at the Oracle Shopping Centre in Reading, Berkshire

Police said that the boy was unlikely to be named until an inquest had been opened in Reading. 

It was not yet known whether the schoolboy lived locally or had come with his family to Reading to shop at the famous Oracle Centre.

Oracle shopping centre said: 'We can confirm an incident took place within a retail unit at the centre this afternoon.' 

KILLED BY A MIRROR: BOY DIED IN HUGO BOSS IN 2013

In 2013 a four-year-old boy died after suffering major injuries when a huge mirror fell on top of him as he shopped with his father in Hugo Boss.

Austen Harrison (right) was in the store's changing room at Bicester Village, Oxfordshire, on June 4, as his father tried on a suit.

The boy from Crawley, West Sussex suffered severe head injuries when the mirror 'collapsed' on top of him.

He was rushed to hospital where he died four days later after his parents chose to turn off his life support. 

A coroner said the mirror should have been fixed to the wall.

He told the hearing at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford: 'It would appear the family were shopping in the store and Austen's father was trying on some clothing in the store's changing rooms.

'There was a large mirror up against a wall. It was seven feet tall with two 'wings' attached to it.

The mirror which collapsed and killed Austen The mirror which collapsed and killed Austen
The Hugo Boss store The Hugo Boss store

Left: The mirror which collapsed and killed Austen. Right: The Hugo Boss store

'At some stage the mirror has collapsed onto Austen, which appears to have led to his death.

'Our initial investigation shows the mirror was supposed to be fixed to the wall - it wasn't a free-standing mirror.

'It would appear it wasn't fixed to the wall and at some point became unstable and collapsed onto Austen.' 

Hugo Boss was in 2015 fined £1.25million over 'systemic failures' after directors admitted the store had breached Health and Safety regulations. 

  • Did you see what happened? Email charlie.moore@mailonline.co.uk 
 

 

CLICK HERE TO READ MORE FROM: Latest Additions Visit website


  Article "tagged" as:
view more articles

About Article Author

Chuka (Webby) Aniemeka
Chuka (Webby) Aniemeka

Chuka is an experienced certified web developer with an extensive background in computer science and 18+ years in web design &development. His previous experience ranges from redesigning existing website to solving complex technical problems with object-oriented programming. Very experienced with Microsoft SQL Server, PHP and advanced JavaScript. He loves to travel and watch movies.

View More Articles