Girl, 6, killed by falling tree at primary school

 A six-year-old girl has tragically died after being hit by a falling tree at a primary school in Newcastle. The child was taken to hospital from Gosforth Park First School in Newcastle-upon-Tyne shortly after 1pm on Friday. An investigation has been launched with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) after she passed away on Saturday. Her family has requested privacy following the heartbreaking incident.

Gosforth Park First School headteacher Leanne Lamb has paid tribute to the young girl, confirming extra support has been put in place for ‘devastated’ staff and pupils. She said: ‘Our entire school community has been shocked and devastated by the tragic news that one of our pupils passed away during the night, as a result of injuries suffered from a falling tree in the school grounds. ‘First and foremost, our thoughts and prayers are with the child’s family and friends as they come to terms with this tragic loss.

‘As a school and community, we will take the time to mourn and are putting in place extra support for the staff and pupils who are devastated by this incident. ‘We would ask that people respect the privacy of the grieving family and the school as we work to understand exactly how this happened.’ An HSE spokesman said: ‘HSE is aware that this is now a fatal incident and we will work alongside Northumbria Police to investigate.

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