Boy, 12, dies after suffering serious injuries at indoor ski centre



A 12-year-old boy has died after being seriously injured at an indoor ski centre.

West Midlands Ambulance Service and Staffordshire Police were called to reports of the child being seriously injured during an activity in the SnowDome in Tamworth at around 6.35pm on Friday.

He died a short time later, emergency services added.

Staffordshire Police said the boy’s family were being supported by officers and that a man was also treated for injuries.

A spokesman for force said: “We were called at 6.40pm this evening (September 24) to reports a child had been seriously injured during an activity in the Snowdome in Tamworth.

“Officers attended the location along with ambulance crews who treated a boy at the scene.

“Sadly, the boy, aged 12, died of his injuries shortly afterwards.

“His parents are being supported by officers. Our thoughts are with them.

“A man is also being treated for injuries. We would kindly urge people not to speculate about the incident or share any images/footage there may be.

“The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have been informed of the incident.

“Anyone who has information about the incident can contact us on 101 or via social media ref 665 of 24 September.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews found a boy who had suffered very serious injuries.

“Staff worked on him providing advanced life support, but sadly, despite all of the efforts it was not possible to save him and he was confirmed dead at the scene.”

The tourist attraction announced it would close on September 25 and 26, Birmingham Live report.

A statement released on SnowDome’s Facebook page overnight read: “With our sincere apologies the SnowDome will not be open this weekend. This is due to an accident that is being investigated.

“It is for this reason that the venue is closed. When it is possible and appropriate to make further comment then we will surely do so.

“We are truly sorry for the disappointment that this may cause.”

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