Boy, 12, hit by falling shopping trolley in Thamesmead

Boy, 12, hit by falling shopping trolley in Thamesmead

Lee Bennett, aged 12, who was hit by a falling trolley.

The shopping trolley was thrown from this walkway over Wolvercote Road and Yarnton Way, Thamesmead

PC Chris Molnar

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A 12-year-old boy narrowly escaped a serious head injury when he was hit by a falling shopping trolley in Thamesmead.

Lee Bennet of Mangold Way, Erith was walking by a bus stop at the junction between Wolvercote Road and Yarnton Way with a friend when a shopping trolley was thrown from the walk-way which crosses over the road.

Lee was hit on the back by the trolley which knocked him to the floor - he tried to get up and collapsed.

He was taken to hospital with a suspected broken back but escaped with a badly bruised back and concussion.

Doctors told Lee's mother, Kerry Hopkins, aged 30, that he was lucky not have suffered a serious head injury.

Miss Hopkins said: "He was only about then minutes away from where we live, he had been walking his friend to the bus stop.

"A couple saw what had happened and called the ambulance while his friend ran to get me - when he said it had hit is back, I thought it was broken.

"The doctors were saying that he was lucky that it missed his head as it would have caused a serious head trauma or worse.

"It's scary to think that he only went to the bus stop but he might not have come back.

"It's ridiculous, it could have hit a baby or an elderly lady."

Lee was sent home from hospital with pain-killers after an x-ray of his back showed it was not broken and the youngster has now recovered from his ordeal.

PC Chris Molnar, Thamesmead East ward officer, said: "This could have been a deliberate act, or tomfoolery gone wrong.

"Whatever the mindset, this could have resulted in serious injuries for the victim.

"Luckily the 12-year-old victim does not have life changing injuries.

"We need the community to assist us with this investigation to identify those responsible for this."

If you have any information about this incident contact PC Molnar on 020 8721 2049 or thamesmead.snt@met.police.uk

Alternatively you can contact CrimeStoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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1:44pm Tue 2 Sep 14

cherithporter says...

That's very bizarre and an extreme incident. Never heard that a shopping trolley be thrown from somewhere.

Anyway I hope the boy makes a speedy recovery.
That's very bizarre and an extreme incident. Never heard that a shopping trolley be thrown from somewhere. Anyway I hope the boy makes a speedy recovery. cherithporter
  • Score: 5

3:44pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Womblingbarnacle says...

Should get rid of those bridges and put in crossings at street level. They're a bloody eyesore. Thamesmead would look better without all the concrete bridges.
Should get rid of those bridges and put in crossings at street level. They're a bloody eyesore. Thamesmead would look better without all the concrete bridges. Womblingbarnacle
  • Score: 17

3:55pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Joelo says...

Womblingbarnacle wrote:
Should get rid of those bridges and put in crossings at street level. They're a bloody eyesore. Thamesmead would look better without all the concrete bridges.
Trouble is as it's Thamesmead and not bexley or Sidcup the council don't want to know, ever!
[quote][p][bold]Womblingbarnacle[/bold] wrote: Should get rid of those bridges and put in crossings at street level. They're a bloody eyesore. Thamesmead would look better without all the concrete bridges.[/p][/quote]Trouble is as it's Thamesmead and not bexley or Sidcup the council don't want to know, ever! Joelo
  • Score: 25

5:51pm Tue 2 Sep 14

20aDay says...

Tomfoolery gone wrong? If you are capable of lifting a shopping trolley over a concrete wall is it not fair to say you are big enough to know better!
Tomfoolery gone wrong? If you are capable of lifting a shopping trolley over a concrete wall is it not fair to say you are big enough to know better! 20aDay
  • Score: 24

7:18pm Tue 2 Sep 14

mouthalmighty says...

20aDay wrote:
Tomfoolery gone wrong? If you are capable of lifting a shopping trolley over a concrete wall is it not fair to say you are big enough to know better!
It beggars belief what people do for fun. I hope the young lad is not too traumatised when he has had time to think about it.
[quote][p][bold]20aDay[/bold] wrote: Tomfoolery gone wrong? If you are capable of lifting a shopping trolley over a concrete wall is it not fair to say you are big enough to know better![/p][/quote]It beggars belief what people do for fun. I hope the young lad is not too traumatised when he has had time to think about it. mouthalmighty
  • Score: 8

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