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Belfast child in hospital after becoming impaled on fencing

Fencing in Riverdale, west Belfast. Credit: BBC
Fencing in Riverdale, west Belfast. Credit: BBC
The air ambulance landing near the Glass Mullen playground in west Belfast. Credit: Niamh Ann McKeown

A young boy is in hospital after becoming impaled on fencing after failing onto railings in west Belfast.

It is understood the child sustained an injury to his arm in the accident near Riverdale Park East in Andersonstown.

The BBC has reported the boy is believed to be around six-years-old.

A spokesman for the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service said they received a 999 call at 4.47pm on Friday following reports of an incident in the Andersonstown area involving a young child.

The spokesman added: "One Rapid Response Paramedic and one emergency ambulance crew were dispatched to the incident. The charity air ambulance was also tasked to the scene.

"Following assessment and treatment at the scene, the patient has been transported to the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children by road ambulance. The air ambulance crew travelled with the patient."

West Belfast Sinn Fein MP Paul Maskey tweeted: "Hoping for a full recovery for the young lad who was impaled on railing at the corner of Riverdale today."

Sinn Fein's Alex Maskey said: "Best wishes to youngster hurt at Riverdale railings today. I will be reporting the danger of such accidents to ensure safety first."

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The air ambulance landing near the Glass Mullen playground in west Belfast. Credit: Niamh Ann McKeown

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