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Safety work starts at bridge after death of Robbie (11)

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Safety work has started at the scene of an accident in which a young Burnley boy lost his life.

Workmen for the National Grid are carrying out the work to the bridge and pipe in Lowerhouse from which 11-year-old Robbie Williamson fell in April.

The work comes after calls from members of the public and local residents for the pipe to be made safe.

Robbie was playing with friends walking along the pipe when the tragic accident occurred.

A spokesman for the National Grid, which owns the pipe, said: “National Grid can confirm that it is carrying out work to further enhance the protection around the gas pipe which crosses the canal alongside Dugdale Bridge in Lowerhouse Lane.

“Our thoughts continue to be with the family of Robbie Williamson and we remain fully committed to supporting any investigation or enquiry which is carried out into the circumstances surrounding the incident.”

Hundreds of people turned out for the funeral of the fun-loving Shuttleworth College schoolboy at All Saints with St John the Baptist Church, Habergham.

There was standing room only in the packed church, and outside in the grounds, as Robbie’s white coffin was brought in after arriving in a horse-drawn carriage.

An inquest into Robbie’s death is expected to be held on August 19th at Burnley Coroner’s Court.

 

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