Girl, five, dies in automatic gate tragedy in Bridgend

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A five-year-old girl has died after being trapped by a sliding automatic gate.

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South Wales Police said emergency services attended the scene at Brook Court, Bridgend, on Sunday afternoon.

She was taken to the Princess of Wales Hospital, where she later died.

Police say a full investigation is being carried out, next of kin are being informed and a file is being prepared for the coroner.

This is the second such incident in less than a week.

No more details have been released.
 

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Young Girl Killed By Automatic Sliding Gate

Young Girl Killed By Automatic Sliding Gate


A five-year-old girl has died after she was crushed by an automatic sliding gate in South Wales.


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Google Street View of Brook Court in Bridgend


Emergency services were called to the scene at Brook Court, Bridgend, on Saturday afternoon.

The girl, who has not been named, was taken to the town's Princess of Wales Hospital where she later died.

South Wales Police said a full investigation was under way and her family was being informed. A file is being prepared for the coroner, the force said.


The waist-high black metal gate is at the entrance to a small car park at a three-storey apartment building, about five minutes walk from the town centre.

The little girl, who lived nearby, was understood to be eastern European.

Eleanor Jones, who lives opposite the scene, said: "It's devastating. You can't believe that a gate would do that."

The gate has now been de-activated. Floral tributes, teddies and cards were left on the railings outside the apartment block.

One read: "Tears are in my eyes when I think about a beautiful little girl lost." Another said: "Peddle your little bike as fast as you can to heaven. Sleep tight little angel."

Local councillor Peter Foley said: "It's a great tragedy. I don't blame the kids for playing here. They should be safe here."


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Semelia Campbell was killed by an electronic gate in Manchester


The accident follows the death last Monday of a six-year-old crushed by an electronic gate.

Semelia Campbell was playing with a friend near her home on Carnival Place, Moss Side, Manchester, when the motorised gate closed on her.

The schoolgirl was eventually freed when police broke off an electronic box. She was rushed to Manchester Royal Infirmary but died from her injuries a short time later.
 
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