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Keane Wallis-Bennett death: Wall demolished at Craiglockhart Primary

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Image caption The Craiglockhart Primary School bike shed wall was demolished on Friday

A free-standing wall in an Edinburgh school bike shed has been demolished following structural checks after the death of a 12-year-old girl.

Keane Wallis-Bennett was fatally hurt when a free-standing wall collapsed on her at Liberton High School on Tuesday.

The Craiglockhart Primary School bike shed wall was demolished on Friday.

More than 200 council facilities have now been inspected, including all primary, secondary, special and nursery schools, leisure and community centres.

Similar walls have been identified in changing rooms and toilets at Leith Academy and Castlebrae High School, as well as in 11 primary schools.

Council officials said further walls could be demolished in other schools.

In the meantime, other free-standing walls have been cordoned off as a precaution.

No concerns

No concerns have been identified with the structure of any of the walls.

A total of nine similar walls were identified in changing rooms and toilet facilities at Castlebrae High School and Leith Academy.

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Image caption Keane Wallis-Bennett was fatally injured in the changing rooms at Liberton High School on Tuesday

The inspections also identified a number of smaller free-standing walls in 11 primary schools, some of which support handwash basins.

The schools are: St Mary's London Street, Ferryhill, Abbeyhill, Cramond, Leith, Leith Walk, Lorne, Royal Mile, Brunstane, East Craigs and Gylemuir.

Council chief executive Sue Bruce said: "Since Tuesday's tragic incident, we have acted swiftly to provide reassurance to parents, pupils and the people of Edinburgh that we will do everything in our power to prevent anything like this happening again.

"Over 200 council facilities have now been inspected, including all primary, secondary, special and nursery schools, plus sports, leisure and community centres. Our focus has been on identifying and inspecting free-standing walls.

"A member of staff at Craiglockhart Primary School made us aware of an external free-standing wall which he felt merited further inspection and, as a result, this has now been removed."

She added: "We will use the Easter holiday period to determine what, if any, further action is required across our estate."

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