Edward Criddle: Kenninghall farm death 'a tragedy'

  • 20 February 2013
  • From the section Norfolk

The death of a toddler who was killed when he was hit by a truck on his family's Norfolk farm was a "dreadful tragedy", an inquest has heard.

Edward Criddle, who was 22 months old, died from serious head injuries at the farm near Kenninghall, in November.

Coroner William Armstrong expressed his sympathy but said farmyards were "not playgrounds" and Edward should have been under "constant supervision".

The jury at Norfolk Coroner's Court returned a verdict of accidental death.

The inquest heard how Edward had been playing with his three-year-old brother in a barn at Fersfield Farm near Kenninghall.

His father Richard Criddle was feeding the cattle on the farm, when close family friend and farmworker Kelvin Sutton pulled into the yard.

Mr Sutton said in a statement, read by the coroner, he had got back into his Nissan four-by-four to move it out of the way so Edward's brother could get out of the barn on his toy tractor when the accident happened.

'Bright little boy'

Both Mr Sutton and Edward's father thought the boy was with his grandmother.

Mr Criddle said in a statement that Edward had been "a happy and bright little boy" and that the family had been devastated by his death.

His statement said "we will miss him deeply - he'll always be part of our lives".

Mr Armstrong said the death was a "dreadful tragedy".

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