A sticking out stump caused hospital dash

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A tree stump hazard in a children’s playground caused a gash needing stitches for an eight-year-old girl.

Little Lauren Wolfe tripped over one stump and fell onto another one – cutting open her leg.

She was taken to hospital by ambulance and released after receiving six stitches to the wound.

Now her mum, Delphine, has hit out at the Parks Trust, who cut back the bushes to leave the sharp stumps exposed.

“Children get cuts and bruises, that’s part of life. However this incident could have been avoided as the area should be safe for children to play on,” she said.

Delphine has urged others to be careful when using the playground, which is between Southwold Crescent and Gloucester Gate in Broughton.

“I don’t understand how such a trip hazard can be left on a playground which is very recent and where equipment must follow some European standards.

Delphine is now demanding the stumps be removed to make the area flat.

“They all need to be pulled out by the roots,” she said.

Parks Trust head of operations Rob Riekie told the Citizen: “We are sorry to hear about this accident.

“To allow us to fully understand what has happened we need to speak to the mother of the injured child.”