Girl's school death accidental

An inquest jury has ruled that the death of an eight-year-old girl after she was hit by a boy running at speed in a playground game and then fell onto a railway sleeper was accidental.

Family of Freya James pay emotional tribute

The family of an 8-year-old girl who died after an accident in a school playground have

paid tribute to a 'loving daughter who lived life to the full'. Freya James died from internal bleeding after being knocked over by another child during break time at Trafalgar Junior School in Twickenham.

Today a coroner ruled her death was an accident, as Luke Hanrahan reports.

Freya's family: Beautiful girl with intoxicating smile

Outside the court, a statement was read out on behalf of Freya's family:

Freya was a beautiful little girl with a sparkle in her eye and an intoxicating smile. Her energy was endless.

She was an adoring older sister to her brother and a loving, caring friend and daughter who lived and loved life to the full. The night before she died she "went to sleep excited" as she was due to travel to Germany to visit her grandparents.

The next time we saw her, she was fighting for her life in hospital. We never got the chance to say goodbye or tell her how much we loved her. We've lost our beautiful baby, the most precious thing a parent can ever lose. Today marks the first step to getting closure and saying goodbye to our daughter.

Nothing will ever bring Freya back but we will continue to pursue all possible avenues to give Freya the justice she deserves.

– Freya family statement

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Girl's death during playground game 'was accidental'

The death of an eight-year-old girl during a playground game was accidental. Freya James was playing a game called Jails when one boy chasing another in the game Bulldog ran into her. She then fell onto a wooden railway sleeper at Trafalgar Junior School in Twickenham.

Freya James Credit: Met Police

Today the jury at her inquest ruled her death on February 14 was accidental. Dean Rogers, chair of governors at Trafalgar Junior School, said a special garden in Freya's memory had been created outside her classroom:

"Losing Freya was the darkest, hardest and most difficult time in our school's long history. It is a loss we continue to feel every day. Freya was a special part of our community and we will never forget the positive light she brought amongst us.

"None of us can come close to imagining the sense of loss felt by the James family. Over the last few days all the thoughts and prayers in our hearts have again gone out to them."

Playground death inquest begins

The parents of an 8 year old girl who died at her school playground heard today the details of the events leading up to her death.

Freya James died when she fell after a collision with another child at the school in Twickenham in February.

Those who saw what happened were questioned about whether the boy who ran into her was playing a game banned in the playground - Bulldog. From the inquest here's Ria Chatterjee.

Eight year old fell on wooden sleeper

Freya James
Eight-year-old Freya James died from a ruptured liver after being banged into by another pupil at their school in Twickenham in February. Credit: Metropolitan Police

An eight-year-old girl died after she was hit by a boy running at speed in a playground game and then fell onto a recycled railway sleeper, an inquest has heard.

Freya James was playing a game called Jails when one boy chasing another in the game Bulldog ran into her, a jury at West London Coroner's Court was told.

She then fell onto one of the wooden sleepers that were in the playground at Trafalgar Junior School in Twickenham, south west London.

A teaching assistant noticed her sitting on the floor surrounded by other girls. "She approached her and she said she had hurt her tummy."

Freya walked to a room used for first aid, and an ambulance was called. The first paramedic arrived at 1.30pm, and an ambulance 10 minutes later.

Oxygen was given, and observations made, and she left in the ambulance at 1.50pm, arriving at 2pm at West Middlesex University Hospital.

Despite efforts by hospital staff she died just before 4pm.