Tragedy as boy, 3, killed at Royal Highland Show 078

By Alexander Lawrie

A three-year-old boy was killed after apparently pulling concrete bollard on top of himself as he played at the Royal Highland Show.

Onlookers said Ben Craggs was beside the 2ft pillars in the car park when one fell in and landed on him at around 1.30pm yesterday.

It is thought the tot had swung on a chain holding two concrete pillars together pulling one of the bollards down on top of himself.

Paramedics rushed to the scene and took the tiny child to the Sick Kids in Edinburgh, but he died shortly after from serious head injuries.

Ben’s parents, Jonathan and Dawn Craggs, of Sedgefield, County Durham, who were exhibiting livestock at the Edinburgh show, were last night too upset to comment.
But other family members paid tribute to a “beautiful little boy”.
Relative Mary Craggs, of Stockton-on-Tees, said: “It’s an absolute tragedy for all the family. It just seems to be a terrible accident, and he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
“A member of our family spoke to Jonathan this morning and, as you would expect, he is totally devastated.
“Ben was a beautiful little boy, and I don’t think the enormity of it all has really hit home yet.”

The tragic incident has shocked visitors to the launch of one of Scotland’s most iconic events, expected to attract over 150,000 people over the weekend.

Liam McGee, 19, who was working in the event’s car park when the tragedy occurred, said the youngster had been playing alone.

He said: “It looked like he was on his own at the time because I couldn’t see his parents anywhere.

I didn’t actually see the accident but I was close by. I heard the child was playing between two unattached concrete bollards which were roped together. He pushed the rope downwards and the bollards keeled over and landed on top of him. Another attendant told him he the child had bitten through his tongue – it’s pretty horrendous to think about.

He added: “Security were going mad trying to keep the public away from the area so the ambulance could get through. The crew worked on him for almost an hour before taking him away.”

And Agnes Turner, 64, who was visiting for the day from Galashiels, added: “It’s such a terrible thing to have happened. I hate to think what his parents are going through. Everybody at the show is talking about the accident and the rumour is that the boy was a member of a farming family who have a stall at the show.”

The scene of the accident was immediately blocked off with blue fences and tarpaulin and guarded by a solitary policeman.

Robert Doig, a security officer at the show, said: “I was near to the scene when the accident happened and rushed over to help. He was in quite a bad way but I didn’t really think he would die.
“It’s such a terrible tragedy to happen and all the staff here are devastated. We put some flowers down this morning as a mark of respect, it’s the least we could do. We are all thinking of his family.”

Now Lothian and Borders Police are appealing for witnesses to help them piece together exactly what happened.

At the scene, Inspector Alan Duthie said: “A tragic accident took place around 1:30pm this afternoon. A three-year-old child was playing near to some concrete bollards and suffered serious injuries. We are still unsure as to what exactly happened. The child was taken to hospital but unfortunately succumbed to his injuries. We are appealing for witnesses to come forward and get in touch.”

A police spokesperson added: “The circumstances aren’t entirely clear yet, but he appears to have hit his head while playing at concrete bollards.”

Ray Jones, Chief Executive of show organisers Royal Highland Agricultural Society of Scotland said: “This has been a tragic accident and our thoughts are with the child’s family at what is obviously a very difficult time. The matter is now in the hands of the police and investigative authorities with whom we are cooperating fully.”

Andy Murray given go ahead for patriotism at Wimbledon 077

By Douglas Walker

PATRIOTIC Andy Murray has been given the all clear to wear Scottish sweatbands at this year’s Wimbledon championship.

Stuffy officials were forced to consult their code of conduct after learning the proud Scot was planning to don saltire-design wristbands.

The traditional All England Club has a strict dress code where players have to wear an all-white kit.

However last night Wimbledon chiefs confirmed the British number one would be allowed to bear the striking blue wristbands much to the delight of his Scottish fans.

Partisan Murray, 21, usually favours playing in an all-blue kit but will be unable to do so at SW19 because of the tight rules.

However the Dunblane player will still be able show his Scotland patriotism after officials confirmed he would be allowed to don his saltire wristbands.

A Wimbledon spokesman confirmed: “We don’t have a problem with him wearing Scottish sweatbands.

“It’s only shorts and tops that have to be predominately white.  These are allowed slight flashes of colour but nothing more. 

“Manufacturers consult with us before the championships start to ensure their kit designs are acceptable.

“Andy can even throw his sweatbands into the crowd if he wishes, although I’m not sure if I would like to be the recipient after a five-setter.”

Murray became a hero with the Tartan Army in 2006 after declaring he supports every team who plays against England.

Iain Emerson, editor of the Famous Tartan Army Magazine, says he has the full backing of Scottish football fans.

He said: “Andy is a great ambassador for Scotland and the fact he wants to show his patriotism is great.

“Given the championships are held at the All England Club victory would be all the sweeter.

“The whole of the country will be behind him.”

Murray not only has the hopes of Scotland on his shoulders but also the UK being the only British player with a realistic chance of winning the championship.

He is desperate to become the first ever Scot to win the men’s title having missed last year’s tournament with a wrist injury.

The fiery player has enjoyed a meteoric rise since reaching the third round on his Wimbledon debut in 2005.

He went one better the following year reaching the fourth round where he was defeated by the Greek, Marcos Baghdatis.

Seeded 12th at this year’s tournament, Murray will avoid the top three seeds – Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic – in the first three rounds.

The championships start this Monday.