Store shut after boy's death

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A STORE at Bicester Village shopping centre remained shut yesterday as police worked to discover how a mirror fell and killed a four-year-old boy.

The child was in the Hugo Boss shop when the mirror fell on him on Tuesday night.

He suffered serious head injuries, and an off-duty doctor tended to him before paramedics arrived.

However, he died at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on Saturday morning.

It is believed the boy was with his family at the shop, who are from Crawley, West Sussex.

Hugo Boss spokesman Alistair McCallum said: “At around 8.30pm on Tuesday, a four-year-old child was injured by a mirror falling on him.

“The child suffered serious injuries and was treated at hospital where he passed away.

“Everyone at Hugo Boss is devastated by this tragic accident and we would like to extend our deepest condolences and sympathies to his family.

“All of our thoughts are with them at this time.

“Hugo Boss will assist the authorities in any way with an investigation into the accident.”

Mr McCallum said the store had been closed since Friday, and there was no confirmed reopening date.

Thames Valley Police spokeswoman Lucy Billen last night said the force was leading an investigation.

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Mrs Billen said: “We are continuing to investigate and are interviewing witnesses, including people who work at Bicester Village.

“The boy was with his family, and is from Crawley in West Sussex.

“This is a very sensitive investigation and there is limited information that we can give out at this stage.

Oxfordshire County Council will also be involved in this investigation.”

Mrs Billen said she was not expecting the family to be issuing any statement in the next few days, and was unable to say when a post mortem examination would be carried out.

Families shopping at Bicester Village yesterday expressed their shock.

Chris and Anna McHale, both 32, from Liverpool, visited the shopping centre with their five-month-old son Leo.

Mrs McHale, who used to live in Oxford, said: “It’s something you don’t expect to happen in a big store.

“Its obviously very sad, and as a parent it does make you think.”

Paul Eltham, 31, and Hannah Flanagan, 25, from Wantage, were shopping with their son Alfie, two.

Mr Eltham said: “He is just starting to run around and that can be a bit frightening as a parent, but we have always felt safe shopping here.”

Bicester Village spokesman Miranda Markham said: “Everyone at Bicester Village is deeply saddened by this tragic accident.

“We send our heartfelt condolences to the family and our thoughts and prayers are with them.

“The matter is now under investigation and there is no further comment at this time.”

Sky News reported yesterday that a young girl was also injured by a falling mirror at Bicester Village in 2008 at another store which has since closed.

Anyone who has any information that could help the investigation is asked to call police on 101.

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