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79 injured after London theatre ceiling collapses

Seventy-nine people were injured after the ceiling collapsed at the Apollo Theatre on Shaftesbury Avenue last night, a London Ambulance Service spokesperson said.

Police cordon off the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, central London.
Police cordon off the Apollo Theatre in Shaftesbury Avenue, central London. Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

"By the time the scene had been completely cleared, we had treated 79 patients," the spokesperson said.

Of those patients, nine were seriously injured, they added.

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Spencer Cricket Club thanks people who helped injured boys

The club would like to place on record its sincere thanks to those people who responded so quickly to this terrible accident and who ensured that the injured boys would have the best chances of recovery.

The coaches and parents who were at the training session who reacted so quickly to a very serious situation; the players and spectators from Cheam and Spencer cricket clubs who were playing at the ground at the time who were able to lift the tree and free the trapped boys; the doctor who was present at the ground who administered emergency care; and the police and ambulance services who arrived within minutes to take the children to hospital.

– A statement from Spencer Cricket Club

Pictures of fallen tree that seriously injured young boys

The fallen tree at Spencer Cricket Club in Earlsfield, London
The fallen tree at Spencer Cricket Club in Earlsfield, London Credit: David Mercer/PA Wire

The scene at Spencer Cricket Club in Earlsfield, south west London where two nine-year-old boys were left with serious head injuries when the tree fell on them while they waited to use the practice nets. A third boy received leg injuries and is also being treated in hospital.

The uprooted tree remained lying across the cricket pitch this evening.

Three nine-year-old boys are being treated in  hospital, two with serious head injuries
Three nine-year-old boys are being treated in hospital, two with serious head injuries Credit: David Mercer/PA Wire

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Eyewitness saw 'kids stuck under tree'

An eyewitness heard the tree fall that hospitalised three nine-year-old boys today. Monique Wilkinson, 33, was staging a birthday party for her three-year-old daughter at the time.

We could see the kids stuck under the tree and there were a lot of people around. It's terrible. These kids play on the field every weekend. The air ambulance landed in the field across the road from us and there were four or five ambulances in total. The emergency services seemed to have everything under control.

Another tree came down on this road earlier in the day which shows how bad the winds were.

Cricket club's thoughts are 'with boys and their families'

All cricket has been suspended at the sports club where two nine-year-old boys were left with serious head injuries when a tree fell on them as they waited to practice.

Another nine-year-old boy suffered leg injuries when the tree fell as they waited to use the practice nets at Spencer Cricket Club in Earlsfield, south west London. A statement from the club said:

The Spencer Club confirms that an accident took place at the club this afternoon.A tree was blown down and three young cricketers were injured and taken to hospital.

Their condition is currently being assessed. Naturally, the club's thoughts are with those young ones and their families. As soon as we have had word from the hospital and the parents we shall be issuing another statement.

Wandsworth Council: Boys injured by fallen tree 'a terrible accident'

Charlie Masson-Smith, from Wandsworth Council, said the wind was very strong today and could have knocked down a healthy tree, leading to the 'terrible accident' that has injured 3 9-year-old boys.

This was at a private cricket club but from what we have been told there were a bunch of kids queueing up to go in the nets. All of a sudden this tree came down on them.

The council does not have any role to play, it is a private tree on private land but it has been pretty windy in town today and you can have a really healthy tree but if the wind catches in a particular way a healthy tree can be blown over.

It is a terrible accident.

– Charlie Masson-Smith, Wandsworth Council

Cricket boys suffer head injuries from falling tree

Two nine-year-old boys have suffered serious head injuries and a third suffered leg injuries after a tree fell at Spencer Cricket Ground in Fieldview, Earlsfield, south London, the London Ambulance Service said.

The boys were waiting for a turn in the cricket nets when the accident happened, a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.

The spokesman said: "We were alerted by the ambulance service at 16.04 that a tree had fallen on children at Spencer cricket ground.

"The boys were waiting for a turn in the nets when the tree fell.

"Three boys were taken to St George's Hospital in Tooting. Two had injuries and were in a serious condition. The third had leg injuries and was described as walking wounded.

"Wandsworth Council has been informed and attended."

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