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Boy injured on industrial site

PUBLISHED: 14:44 13 August 2008 | UPDATED: 10:01 23 August 2010

Gravesend
05-08-08
Huntley Ave, Gravesend
Jermaine Cook 11 broke both his wrists after falling down in disused land off Huntley Ave

Gravesend 05-08-08 Huntley Ave, Gravesend Jermaine Cook 11 broke both his wrists after falling down in disused land off Huntley Ave

THE mother of an 11-year-old who broke his wrist after falling on a pile of rubble in a poorly-secured industrial site plans to get tough with the owners, wrties Jason Goodyer. Sheena Cook, 40, of Exeter Road, Gravesend, is appalled that her son, Jermain

THE mother of an 11-year-old who broke his wrist after falling on a pile of rubble in a poorly-secured industrial site plans to get tough with the owners, wrties Jason Goodyer.

Sheena Cook, 40, of Exeter Road, Gravesend, is appalled that her son, Jermaine Junior, and his friends walked in to an open site in Huntley Avenue, Northfleet.

Jermaine (pictured) was playing with friends on the site after going to a party on Monday July 28 when he was injured.

He was taken to Darent Valley Hospital after falling on the pile of rubble. His left wrist was dislocated and his right was so badly damaged that it had to be repaired with wire.

Mrs Cook said: "Both of his hands are in plaster. He can't put his own shoes on, he can't do anything.

"I was really upset when I saw him in hospital. I saw the state of his hands and I was really worried for him."

She said the gates to secure the site are wide open and anyone passing, including children, can walk straight in.

"The children just play down there. Obviously a lot of children go down there and they can just go straight through. They shouldn't go in but boys will be boys," she added.

"If it had been secure the way it should have been he wouldn't have been able to get in there. That is the main issue.

She added: "I want an apology from them for the suffering and pain my son has gone through and we are considering legal action."

"I want them to really secure it. I want to know that this place is 100 per cent secure."

The site, known as Vineyard Pit, is owned by building material producers Lafarge who claim they regularly check site security.

A spokesperson for Lafarge said: "Due to previous incidents of theft occurring on this land, this gate has been padlocked and, on occasion, welded to restrain access.

"During regular inspections, it has been apparent that both padlocks and welded gates have been subject to vandalism on occasion and the gate forcibly opened.

"In these circumstances, the appropriate repairs are made and the gate secured, in due course.

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