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MetiNews.Com - Kaden Reddick died after he was injured in Topshop in Reading in February 2017
Breaking News ! Charges have been laid against four companies accused of health and safety failings over the death of a Reading schoolboy. Reading Borough Council has confirmed it is taking action against Arcadia, Topshop, Stoneforce and Real over the incident in the Reading's branch of Topshop in February 2017. Kaden Reddick, 10, of Burghfield, was swinging on a barrier in the store when it came loose and fell on him. He suffered a serious head injury and later died in hospital. An inquest recorded his death as an accident, but revealed failings from staff over what was called a "wobble test" of the barrier. Find out how you can get the latest news from BerkshireLive delivered straight to your inbox Staff across the country were told to test barriers after another incident in Glasgow where a 10-year-girl was seriously injured, just days before the tragic incident. However, this was not done in the store in The Oracle. In delivering the verdict at the inquest the jury foreman said "evidence shows its fixings were inadequate to hold his weight". A council spokesman said: "Following investigation on health and safety grounds, Reading Borough Council can confirm that charges have now been laid against Arcadia, Topshop, Stoneforce (the fitters) and Real (the manufacturers) under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974. “The laying of these charges follows the Coroner’s conclusion in March this year that the tragic death of Kaden Reddick in February 2017 was accidental, arising from an inadequately fixed barrier causing a traumatic head injury. “The charges mean the council can make no further comment on the case at this time. Our thoughts remain with the family and we kindly ask that everyone continues to respect their privacy.” The incident was investigated by Thames Valley Police, but the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to pursue corporate manslaughter charges.
. The incident led to Topshop stores across the country removing display units.
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Family's moving tribute to Kaden
Kaden Reddick died after an incident involving a barrier in Topshop
(Image: Thames Valley Police)
Following the inquest in March, Kaden's family said: "Kaden was a very special little boy, he was a loving, cheeky, energetic child. A wonderful son, brother and friend to many and is greatly missed by all who knew him. “Kaden doted on his siblings and loved creating memories with them, no matter what activity they were doing. He loved his adventures, whether it was playing in the woods or his family holidays abroad. “Kaden was kind, considerate and would always take care of those smaller than him, though had his own mind and knew what he wanted out of life. “Since Kaden’s death the world feels empty, there is a huge hole in our hearts that can’t be filled and as a family all we can do is cherish the memories we have. “We would like to thank everyone that has supported us over the last three years, the people that contributed to Kaden’s immediate care, Thames Valley Police and Co-op Legal Services."
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