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Designer store apologise for tragic accident

Hugo Boss have issued a statement following their fine after the death of a four year old boy at a store in Oxfordshire.

The statement said: " The terrible incident, which happened on June 4, 2013, in our Bicester outlet store, was an appalling tragedy that left no one at HUGO BOSS untouched. It shocked and saddened our entire company and continues to do so. The accident led to the death of four-year-old Austen Harrison, after a freestanding mirror fell on him. HUGO BOSS has expressed its deep regret for what happened to Austen’s parents and apologised to them, both publicly and in person. Over the past two years, we have done everything we can to support the authorities in the course of their investigations. At the first court hearing at the Magistrates Court in June this year, HUGO BOSS pleaded guilty to the related Health & Safety charges and in doing so, the company made clear that it would fully live up to its responsibilities in connection with the incident. HUGO BOSS will fully accept the judgment and the sentence determined by the Crown Court today.

After the incident, we conducted a wide-ranging and thorough review of our Health & Safety processes (that existed prior to 2013), to ensure that opportunities to prevent or identify and rectify risks are not missed. The company has since done everything it can to prevent such a tragedy from reoccurring. We wish to make clear that Health & Safety is an integral part of our business, and a priority at every level of the organisation. Over the last two years, our thoughts and sympathies have been first and foremost with Austen’s parents. We know, however, that there are no words to alleviate in any way the suffering caused to the family, and for that we remain profoundly sorry.


Parent's tribute to 4 year old son killed in shopping centre accident

Fashion label Hugo Boss has been fined more than a million pounds after a four-year-old boy from Sussex was killed in one of their shops.

Austen Harrison from Crawley was shopping with his parents at the store near Oxford two years ago - when an 18 stone mirror fell on top of him in the changing room.

The coroner described it as an accident waiting to happen. Today, Austen's mother said her son's "greatest pleasure in life was to help others. Mel Bloor has our report

Daughter killed in "act of revenge" - inquest hears

A mother has told an inquest that her estranged husband murdered their daughter in an act of revenge after their marriage failed. Mary Shipstone, who was 7, was shot twice in the head outside her home at Northiam in Sussex last September. The coroner said her father, Yasser Alromisse, unlawfully killed her, and then committed suicide. Malcolm Shaw reports.


Soldier dies at army barracks in Oxfordshire

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A soldier has died during an incident at an army barracks in Oxfordshire.

The MoD has confirmed the soldier died at St David's Barracks in Bicester this morning. Paramedics were called to the base but were unable to revive him.

Tonight police said the death was not being treated as suspicious and investigations are continuing. The soldier is believed to have been in his 20s.

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