Home owners face action over death

Legal proceedings have been taken against the owners of a
private children’s home in Suffolk, after a teenage resident died
in an accident in the home’s grounds.

Damien Thompson, 13, died after a motorbike he was riding in the
grounds of Four Elms home in Stonham Parva crashed into a tree.

Andy White, director of environmental health for Mid Suffolk
district Council, which carried out a four-month inquiry into the
accident, said: ‘We believe there was a fault and have decided
there is justifiable legal action to be taken.’

Action will be taken against Parkside Care, the home’s owners,
under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. Parkside Care
director Steve Hughes could not comment because of legal

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