Toddler escapes from park

Judith Parkinson would like child proof locks fitted to the gates of the playground on Central promenade after her grand daughter Scarlett ran from the playground and into the road.
Judith Parkinson would like child proof locks fitted to the gates of the playground on Central promenade after her grand daughter Scarlett ran from the playground and into the road.
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A toddler could have been killed after escaping from a promenade play park and running onto the road.

Scarlett Henderson’s shocked mother Michelle and grandmother Judith Parkinson had turned their backs for just a minute whilst Scarlett was playing at the park on the promenade near the Eric Morecambe statue.

In a split second, Scarlett, who was two on Thursday (October 25), had gone out of the gate, which isn’t fitted with a lock and ran on the road.

Luckily, a passing motorist stopped and picked her up before she was injured.

Judith said: “I don’t know how Scarlett escaped the cars. A lady tapped us on the shoulder and said ‘is that your granddaughter in the road?’ We were lucky, the next little child might not be.”

Judith contacted the city council at the beginning of August to ask if locks could be fitted on the play park to prevent further accidents happening.

She said: “Happy Mount Park is secure because it’s all fenced in. This park just has a swinging gate.

“If there was a lock it would be safer for children.”

Mark Davies, Head of Environmental Services, said: “A council officer has visited the play area and arranged for a hasp to be fabricated for the self closing gate through which the child appears to have managed to leave the play area.

“This will be fitted over the gatepost as soon as possible to keep it secured. I would like to apologise to the family for the delay in dealing with this.”