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Six-year-old hurled to ground as playground swing collapses

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A MOTHER has spoken of her terror after her young daughter was flung to the ground when a park swing snapped mid-use.

Natasha Ankrah's daughter Kyemecey Mitchell-Ankrah was taken to hospital by ambulance after the incident on the public swings in the Shrublands Estate park two weeks ago.

The six-year-old was checked over and discharged, but is now too scared to use her local swings, her mother said.

Natasha, of Broom Road in the estate in Shirley, said her daughter was being happily pushed on the swing by another child when the chain's bolts gave way.

She said: "I saw my child flying through the air. Then she was just screaming and kept holding onto her ribs.

"The swing was still intertwined in her arms and her legs."

Natasha called an ambulance and staff checked Kyemecey over before taking her to Croydon University Hospital, fearing she may have cracked her rib. However, after a check-up she was found to have no internal injuries.

When the Advertiser went to press the swing had not been fixed nor any warning notice posted, despite Natasha, 24, telling the council what had happened.

A spokesman for Croydon Council said: "We carry out regular safety checks on all our play equipment, however, if anyone notices a potential fault we would ask that the call us immediately so that we can make an assessment and carry out any necessary repairs."

Six-year-old hurled to ground as playground swing collapses


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