The mother of Ashley Talbot, the victim of an accidental death when struck by a school minibus, speaks to 5 Live about how this has affected her and her campaign for safer roads around schools. Solicitor, Graham Balmforth of Applebys has acted as a Solicitor Advocate for the family at the inquest.
Solicitor Graham Balmforth of Applebys Solicitors read a statement on behalf of the parents of schoolboy Ashley Talbot who died after being hit by a minibus driven by a teacher. Earlier in the day the coroner concluded that the death was accidental.
ITV reports that mini bus death of schoolboy was accidental.
Date: 14th February 2017
Mr Graham Gregory Balmforth. Solicitor Advocate for the Family
This is a statement On behalf of the family.
The death of a child is a powerful reminder that all human life is precious and we share a world teeming with dangers that we as adults frequently dismiss. In the 21st century however, no child should die in road traffic accident on school premises. In schools more than anywhere else the safety of children should be uppermost in everyones minds.
This school was constructed through a PFI initiative. It is clear from the evidence that we have heard in Court that the staff of the school were never satisfied with the design and layout provided and that they struggled to provide a secure and safe environment given the design restrictions imposed on them.
The family are pleased to note that presently the Health and Safety Executive investigations are ongoing and they look forward to these being made public.
Ashley was a fun loving and enthusiastic boy with a sensitive nature and a sunny disposition. Even in the face of adversity, Ashley loved nothing more than to make people smile and he will be forever missed by those who knew and loved him.
The utter loss and devastation following the accident has left the family broken and they will never come to terms with the death of their only son in such tragic circumstances.
It has been an extremely difficult wait for the family in reaching this point today, however they wish to thank the Coroner and his officers for the sensitivity they have demonstrated and for the continued support of the local and wider community. Ashley’s mother Melanie, has been diagnosed recently with advanced breast cancer and now faces radical surgery, she regrets not being present at the inquest but is regrettably, simply not fit to attend.
The family wish to channel their grief into a campaign for legal change and improved safety on school roads they are also grateful for the support passed onto them by Carolyn Harris MP whose own child died in similar circumstances.
The family wish to thank PC Keith Davies Sergeant Gethin Hewer and the Police team for their continued involvement and support during this time and for Mr Balmforth and Applebys Solicitors representation.
Ashley has been described as being ‘popular and well loved’ by his class mates, and the family want this to be the enduring memory of him.
The Scottish Sun reports from the Inquest into the death of Ashley Talbot – ‘SCHOOL GATES DEATH Teen boy knocked down and killed by a TEACHER as he ran for his bus in ‘absolute chaos’ school run traffic’
Ashley Talbot, 15, was running for his bus when he was run over by PE master Chris Brookes, who was cleared of blame
The UK Bulletin reports – Concerns had been raised about children’s safety at a school in Bridgend county where a boy was later hit and killed by a minibus, an inquest has heard.
The Mirror reports from the inquest into the death of Ashley Talbot- ‘Teacher who ran over a student ‘prayed he had hit a bag’, an inquest has heard’.
An inquest looking onto the death of schoolboy Ashley Talbot, who was hit by a minibus driven by a school teacher, hears the driver would have had less than a second to react reports ITV online
Five near misses had been seen previously by a schoolgirl who was a classmate of the victim, Ashley Talbot, an inquest into Ashley’s death has heard.
Ashley died as he left Maesteg Comprehensive School in December 2014.
The Sun online reports on how ‘SCHOOL GATES DEATH Teen boy knocked down and killed by a TEACHER as he ran for his bus in ‘absolute chaos’ school run traffic’.