A schoolgirl sustained life-threatening injuries when a sports hall ceiling collapsed at a middle school in Milton Keynes.
Two children were injured during the incident, which occurred at Southwood Middle School in Bryony Place, just after 3.30pm on Thursday, February 23, according to Thames Valley Police.
Police will now carry out a joint-investigation with Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service to determine the circumstances that led to the accident.
A school spokesman confirmed the school is “co-operating fully” with the investigation: “Our thoughts are of course with this child and her family at this very difficult time.”
Acting Superintendent Vince Grey reported there were around 40 people in the sports hall at the time of the collapse.
He said the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) had attended the incident and that one child was treated for minor injuries.
“Thankfully, the child did not require treatment at hospital,” he said. “Another child was assessed and treated at the scene by SCAS for life-threatening injuries and was transported to hospital.”
Superintendent Grey confirmed the area had been evacuated following the ceiling’s partial collapse, but that no other buildings had been affected.
He believes Storm Doris could be to blame for the incident, stating: “It is possible that the collapse of the ceiling was caused by the adverse weather conditions that the country has been experiencing overnight and into today.”
The school has published a message on its website, saying: “Unfortunately there has been an incident at Southwood School today where a part of the internal ceiling of the hall has fallen.
“We have been checked by Health and Safety officers who have confirmed that the building is safe, but obviously the hall will be out of use for some time.”
Source: The London Evening Standard
Date Published: March 6, 2017
Author: Jonathan Brown