Accidental death conclusion into death of Robbie

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An inquest into the death of Burnley schoolboy Robbie Williamson, who fell from a pipe running alongside a canal bridge, has raised concerns over the ease with which children can access such pipes.

Shuttleworth College pupil Robbie (11) died on April 22nd last year after falling from a gas pipe attached to Dugdale Bridge along the Leeds Liverpool Canal at Lowerhouse.

East Lancashire Coroner Mr Richard Taylor recorded a conclusion of accidental death following a half-day inquest at Burnley Town Hall which heard evidence from the National Guard, the Health and Safety Executive and Robbie’s family.

Mr Taylor will now make recommendations to all gas and water companies that exposed pipework should not be accessible to the public.

See Friday’s Burnley Express for the full report.

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