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Six-year-old girl dies ‘after being hit by falling tree’ at school

Written by on 26 September 2020

A six-year-old girl has died after police were called to a report she was hit by a falling tree at a school.

The child was taken to hospital from Gosforth Park First School in Newcastle-upon-Tyne just after 1pm on Friday.

Northumbria Police said she died on Saturday.

“At 1.15pm yesterday we received a report that a child had been struck by a falling tree at Gosforth Park First School,” a spokeswoman for the force said:

“Emergency services attended the scene and the six-year-old girl was taken to hospital.

“Sadly, earlier today, the young girl passed away.

“Our officers are continuing to support her family and our thoughts are with them at this incredibly difficult time.

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“An investigation has been launched with police working in conjunction with the health and safety executive.”

Met Office data indicates Newcastle saw gusts of wind as strong as 32mph on Friday.

Police say the family has asked for privacy.