Parents blame long grass for son's accident


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

ANGRY parents have blamed the council for their son hitting his head in a playground.
Morda couple Kate and Dave McTweed, of Milar’s Field, believe five-year-old Oliver tripped because of the length of the grass in the Milar’s Field children’s playground and claim the council should never have let it grow so long.
Mr McTweed described the moment he saw his son’s face “covered in blood”.
“He was playing just on the corner of where the grass hadn’t been cut, it was quite thick and long.
“As he was running through it he tripped and hit his forehead on a wooden stick thing and it’s given him a one and a half inch gash.”

Oliver was rushed to Royal Shrewsbury Hospital where he had his wound glued and butterfly stitches put in place.
“One side of his face was covered in blood,” Mr McTweed added.
“He was screaming his head off and I thought the worst.”
Mr McTweed said he believed the council was allowing the grass to grow long in order to encourage wildlife but claimed “health and safety is far more important”.
He also raised concerns the long grass, which has since been cut, was attracting cats which were prone to defecating in it.
RIGHT: Oliver McTweed and his father Dave at the payground where Oliver fell over in the long grass and cut his head.

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