Cornwall

Penstowe Manor holiday park fined over boy's serious head injury

Aerial view of Kilkhampton
Image caption The accident happened at Penstowe Manor in Kilkhampton near Bude

A holiday park in Cornwall has been fined £15,000 for breaching health and safety regulations.

Penstowe Leisure Ltd, of Kilkhampton, admitted the breach after a five-year-old boy suffered serious head injuries.

Bodmin Magistrates' Court heard the boy fell from a climbing frame at Penstowe Manor and landed head first on a concrete block.

The company was find £9,500 and ordered to pay £5,500 towards Cornwall Council's legal costs.

Compliance failure

The company was fined for contravening health and safety regulations, two counts of breaching general duties and contravening an improvement notice.

The council brought the case against the company after the boy's mother reported the accident.

Lance Kennedy from the council said: "We do try to work with businesses, but we will not hesitate to take formal action through the courts if they ignore our advice and fail to take the appropriate steps to protect the safety of their workers or members of the public."

Penstowe Leisure Ltd is yet to comment.

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