Child Hurt As Southwood School Ceiling Collapses

23 February 2017, 19:52 | Updated: 23 February 2017, 19:55

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A school child's been left with life-threatening injuries after a ceiling's collapsed at a school sports hall in the Conniburrow area of Milton Keynes.

Police officers were called to the incident at Southwood Middle School in Bryony Place, Conniburrow, at just after 3.30pm today (23rd Feb).

A section of the ceiling, approximately 8ft by 5ft, collapsed in the sports hall.

Local Policing Commander for Milton Keynes, Acting Supt Vince Grey said:

"Our priority is the two children who have been injured by the collapse of the ceiling. South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) was called to the scene and treated one child who had minor injuries.

Thankfully, the child did not require treatment at hospital. Another child was assessed and treated at the scene by SCAS for life-threatening injuries and was transported to hospital. Our thoughts are with the child and their family at this extremely difficult time.

"The area was evacuated following the partial collapse of the ceiling. At the time of the collapse, there were about forty people in the sports hall.

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. However, we will be conducting a joint-investigation with Buckinghamshire Fire & Rescue Service to determine the cause. Representatives from Milton Keynes Council also attended the scene.

There is a cordon in place within the school but no other buildings have been affected and there are no road closures in place at this time."

A spokesperson for the school said:

"We are co-operating fully with the relevant authorities in this investigation.

Our thoughts are of course with this child and her family at this very difficult time."