Nottingham

Primark escalator fall child 'critical but stable'

A six-year-old boy is in a critical but stable condition after suffering head injuries in a fall on a Nottingham shop's escalator.

Ryan Hooley is in an induced coma in the paediatric intensive care unit, a spokesman for the city's Queen's Medical Centre said.

The city council said it was investigating reports he fell from the first to the ground floor of Primark.

The hospital declined to comment over family claims Ryan had skull fractures.

Ryan's mother Katherine Hooley said: "He was at my side one second, and the next second he was gone. It's my worst nightmare come true."

City council safety officers said they had begun an investigation into the circumstances of the accident at the store on Long Row.

It said officers would be gathering evidence to establish if there were any health and safety concerns.

Primark said the safety of its customers was of paramount concern and it was working with the relevant authorities to investigate.

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