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Firms fined £1½ million for death of girl crushed in lift

"She was beautiful and priceless ... no words or actions will be able to compensate for losing her."

Those were the words of a judge today - as he fined two firms £1½million for safety failings after a five-year-old girl was crushed to death in a disabled lift in her own home.

Alexys Brown died in August 2015. She had got into a lift at their home in Weymouth. It had been installed for her older brother who uses a wheelchair. But as it travelled upwards she put her head through a broken hole in the perspex door and became trapped between the lift and the ground floor ceiling. Paramedics managed to free her but she died of her injuries.

Her mother Lorraine said she will re-live that day forever.

The housing company Synergy Housing Limited and the lift firm Orona Limited - who were responsible for maintaining the lift - pleaded guilty to breaches of Health and Safety law.

Synergy was fined £1million and Orona was fined £533,000. Both companies expressed condolences and said measures had been put in place to avoid a similar tragedy in the future.

Mary Stanley reports from Bournemouth Crown court on the sentencing.