Girl, 5, killed by falling tree fall at Mile End Children’s Play Park

PUBLISHED: 11:02 20 July 2015 | UPDATED: 13:21 20 July 2015

Royal London Hospital

Royal London Hospital


A hospital post mortem takes place today on a five year-old girl who died in a tragic accident in a children’s playpark in London’s East End when a tree is believed to have fallen on her.

The child died at the Royal London in Whitechapel on Friday evening after the accident at Mile End Children’s Play Park in Burdett Road, near the Mile End leisure centre.

Police investigating the tragedy believe “at this early stage” that a tree fell on the girl, Scotland Yard said today.

An ambulance was called to the play area at 5.30pm where the little girl was found to be in cardiac arrest and was taken to hospital—but died later.

Prayers were said at yesterday’s service at nearby St Dunstan’s Parish Chruch in Stepney when the vicar sadly announced her death to the congregation.

A full investigation is being carried out into the circumstances of the accident by the Health and Safety Executive and by the Met’s Major Crime Command, which is often assigned to investigate fatalities which may involve complex issues—there is no suggestion of foul play, police stress.

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