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Boy, six, dies in stairlift accident

A six-year-old boy from Lancashire has died after being crushed by his great grandmother's stairlift.

Oliver Mapp, of Bolton-le-Sands near Morecambe, was trapped between the moving lift and the wall as his family celebrated his great-grandmother's 81st birthday, according to a family friend.

Relatives rushed to save the schoolboy after hearing his screams at his great-grandmother's home in Telford, Shropshire on Sunday afternoon and attempted to revive him before paramedics arrived and rushed him to hospital, where he died.

Family friend Kath Greenfield, 52, said: "Oliver's parents, grandparents and great-grandmother, Eileen Meeson, are barely holding up.

"Oliver was a lovable imp who could not sit still for more than five minutes, but Eileen adored him."

West Mercia Police have now launched an investigation into how the accident occurred and a post-mortem examination is expected to be held later this week.

A spokesman for the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RosPA) said that it had "never come across an incident like this".

However, he warned statistics showed that more than 500,000 children aged six and under go to hospital every year after accidents in the home.

He said: "The key to prevent these kind of accidents is supervision, especially when a child is in other people's homes where there are unfamiliar things."

 
 
 

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