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Nursery had other accidents on slide before Lydia Bishop died

Article By: Sue Learner

Children at York College Nursery had two accidents a few months before, on the rope attached to the same slide, which caused Lydia Bishop's death, the court heard.

Lydia Bishop

Three-year-old Lydia Bishop caught her neck in the rope at York College Nursery on 17 September 2012 and suffered serious injuries.

Paramedics rushed to the nursery and the girl was taken by ambulance to York District Hospital but they were unable to save her. It was Lydia's first day at the nursery.

Leeds Crown Court heard that nursery nurse Lyndsay Harrison took two ropes off the slide in July that year but when she returned to work after the summer holidays, there was another rope attached to the slide.

Rules posted on the nursery walls said no children should be allowed to play on the slide without an adult supervising and the rope should be put away when staff were not there.

The court has also heard that Lydia was alone and under no supervision when she got her neck caught in the slide. She was allegedly left for at least 20 minutes before being discovered.

Sophee Redhead, 25, of Wenham Road in Foxwood, York, who was allegedly in charge of the older children including Lydia on September 17, has been accused of manslaughter by gross negligence which she denies and York College denies a health and safety offence.

Detective Chief Inspector Nigel Costello, of North Yorkshire Police, said at the time of the incident: "This has been a very distressing case for everyone involved, not least for Lydia's family who have suffered an extremely tragic loss.”

York College Nursery, which opened in 2007 and was situated on the college campus on the outskirts of the city of York, closed permanently following the incident.

Ofsted last inspected the nursery in 2009 and said overall the quality of the provision was 'Good'.

The court case continues.


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