More children injured at ‘horror’ playground in Sheerness

At least two other children were injured in a ‘horror’ playground which ‘scalped’ one boy and pulled the tooth of another, it has been learned.

Two girls, including keen gymnast Tamzin Everett, broke their arms during separate visits to Beachfields Playground in Sheerness on the Isle of Sheppey.

Wire slide at the sandpit children’s play area at Beachfields on the seafront in Sheerness

Tilly French said: “I took my daughter-in-law Tamzin and her two sisters to the sandpit on July 25.

“They were playing on the silver tunnel slide, which is all by itself, and 10-year-old Tamzin came down and fell from the bottom, breaking her left arm above the elbow.

“There was no soft mat or sand under the slide, just concrete.”

Tilly added: “Tamzin is not a small child. It worries me what would have happened if she had been smaller. The injury could have been much worse.”

Tamzin, who lives in Iwade, near Sittingbourne, and goes to primary school in Iwade, found herself with her arm stuck to her shoulder.

Tamzin Everett, 10, in hospital with her left arm after breaking it on a slide in the sandbox at Beachfields, Sheerness
Tamzin Everett, 10, in hospital with her left arm after breaking it on a slide in the sandbox at Beachfields, Sheerness
Tamzin Everett, 10, in hospital with her left arm in a cast two weeks after breaking it on a slide in the sandbox at Beachfields, Sheerness
Tamzin Everett, 10, in hospital with her left arm in a cast two weeks after breaking it on a slide in the sandbox at Beachfields, Sheerness

Tamzin’s mother spoke to KentOnline following the news of 12-year-old Denis-Cristian Bulancea, who lost a front tooth when a screw ripped it out of his gumline as he descended a slide in the park near McDonald’s.

She added: “I contacted the council to tell them but never received a response.”

The cast came off Tamzin’s arm two weeks ago, but the schoolgirl is still unable to use it fully and cannot continue her gymnastics hobby.

Tilly said: “He was told not to exercise for another two weeks and advised not to run or play for another two weeks.”

Another girl also reportedly broke her arm in a Facebook post following Denis-Cristian’s horrific injury.

Castle slide and wire slide at the sandbox children's play area at Beachfields on Sheerness seafront
Castle slide and wire slide at the sandbox children’s play area at Beachfields on Sheerness seafront
Castle slide at the sandpit children's play area at Beachfields on the seafront in Sheerness
Castle slide at the sandpit children’s play area at Beachfields on the seafront in Sheerness
The sandpit children's play area at Beachfields on the seafront in Sheerness
The sandpit children’s play area at Beachfields on the seafront in Sheerness
Denis-Cristian Bulancea, 12, with his tooth in place after pulling it out on a children's castle slide in Beachfields, Sheerness
Denis-Cristian Bulancea, 12, with his tooth in place after pulling it out on a children’s castle slide in Beachfields, Sheerness
A gash to Jordan's head following an accident on the castle slide in Beachfields, Sheerness
A gash to Jordan’s head following an accident on the castle slide in Beachfields, Sheerness

The £50,000 castle slide was closed a week after it opened in 2019 following an avalanche of injuries.

Shortly after it reopened, following major alterations, schoolboy Jordan Spilsbury required emergency surgery at East Grinstead Hospital when he slipped and cut his head.

His mother, Tasha Spilbury, said at the time: “It wasn’t just a bump on the slide. He got scalped.”

A spokesman for Swale Council said: “The play area is inspected weekly by fully qualified staff and is also visited quarterly by an external inspector and annually for an insurance inspection. three years, none of them have raised any safety issues.

“We’ve only had one reported accident here since modifications were made in 2019 and the ensuing investigation found it to be misuse.”

He added: ‘This is a popular park play area for families and well used by the community. We work hard to ensure our play areas are safe, but the reality of gaming is that there is always an element of risk.

Harold B. McConnell