Vandal-hit dino puts 10-year-old Exmouth girl in A&E
PUBLISHED: 13:35 24 April 2017
A 10-year-old girl ended her Easter holiday in A&E with a bloodied foot after she trod on an exposed screw from a vandalised dinosaur model.
St Joseph’s Primary School pupil Selki Doak had been proudly showing a French student visitor around her home town when a screw left over from the model, in Manor Gardens, went into the youngster’s bare foot.
Claims the hazard was reported to the district council weeks before by another mum have been denied by the authority.
Selki’s mum, Louisa Currier, 36, of Oakleigh Road, Withycombe Raleigh, was forced to carry her daughter to safety after the screw hit a blood vessel.
The youngster spent the evening in the hospital A&E department, where her injured foot was treated - her bank holiday weekend ruined.
Louisa said: “She was very upset. We were both very shocked by the amount of blood. It was very scary, but she’s a very hardy little soul.
“It’s been very sore for her. She’s had a few sleepless nights.
“All our plans for Easter with big family walks were cancelled. She’s back walking around now, but with lots of bandaging.
“I feel very cross that the screw was left exposed. I was fuming.”
Selki was injured after she hopped over a low-hanging rope onto a space previously occupied by a dinosaur model, which had been removed.
The schoolgirl pretended to pose as the missing dinosaur then trod on an inch-long fixed screw protruding from the space where the model had previously been attached to the ground.
Louisa thanked the strangers who rallied round to help her daughter and call an ambulance.
An East Devon District Council spokeswoman said: “There has been continual vandalism of the dinosaurs in Exmouth and, sadly, this has now culminated in a child being injured. In this particular case, the dinosaur was in a rope enclosure where there was a sign which said, ‘Caution, please do not climb on the dinosaur’. The dinosaur had been ripped from its brackets, which left the bolts exposed. Our StreetScene team, working alongside Exmouth Town Council staff, have now removed the bolts. We will now be discussing with the Town Team the feasibility of repairing and reinstating the dinosaur.”