Seaford: Police helicopter lands near play area to help injured child

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A BOY was airlifted to hospital on Saturday after suffering a suspected broken arm.

A police helicopter landed in Chalvington Fields in Seaford at around 7.15pm, witnessed by dozen of onlookers.

Seaford Town Councillor Anthony White, who lives nearby, was at the scene after being alerted by his wife who saw the lights in the area.

He said, “I saw that there were several lights coming from the new play area and as I approached I was asked by the ambulance crew to keep back but I could then see a young boy lying on the ground just below the adventure climbing frame.

“I told the ambulance man that I was a town councillor and he asked me if I could keep back the members of public that were now congregating in the park.

“They worked by torch light for about 20 minutes on the boy.”

It is thought the child, believed to be around 10-years-old, had been jumping off a climbing frame and put his arms out to break his fall.

The youngster was put on a stretcher and then taken to hospital in a police helicopter.

Councillor White praised the community who kept back from the scene, allowing the emergency services to tend to the child. He added, “The whole incident was handled very efficiently and it was good to see our public services working alongside each other.

“I hasten to add that the park is a safe place for children to play and this is simply an unfortunate accident.

“I would personally like to congratulate all of the emergency services involved and I am sure that I can speak for the whole community by saying that we wish the injured boy a swift and full recovery.”

Cllr White was keen to see the play park built following the construction of a housing development. He had been keeping in touch with Bloor Homes to find out when the new facility would be up and running.