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Meg Burgess Prestatyn wall death manslaughter charge

Meg Burgess
Image caption Meg Burgess walking with her mother and brother when a wall collapsed

A company director faces a manslaughter charge after a three-year-old girl died when a wall collapsed on a footpath in Denbighshire.

Meg Burgess died in July 2008 after a breeze block wall fell on her as she walked with her mother in Meliden.

George Collier is to face a charge of gross negligence manslaughter at Prestatyn magistrates on 3 October.

Mr Collier is a director Parcol Developments Limited, which designed and built the wall.

Crown Prosecution Service lawyer Rosemary Ainslie, who reviewed all the evidence, has also decided that the company should also be charged with an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

She also said there was sufficient evidence to prosecute the company for corporate manslaughter, but it would not be in the public interest.

'Traumatic loss'

North Wales Police Det Sgt Mark Abbott, the senior investigating officer, said: "The family have been kept fully updated throughout the investigation and they have been informed of this decision.

"This remains a difficult time for the family and they request that their privacy is respected."

In a statement, Meg's parents Peter and Lindsay Burgess said: "Everyday we are reminded of the tragic and traumatic loss of Meg, her death was such an unnecessary waste of a life.

"Our sincere hope is that the gross negligence manslaughter charges being made will serve to remind and warn the construction industry of the very real dangers associated with the building trades.

"In order to avoid further tragedy, we want to use this opportunity to suggest that building regulations ought to be extended to include the construction of walls."

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