Mirror ‘should have been fixed to wall’ in Bicester Village accident

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A police officer investigating the fatal injuring of a four-year-old at Bicester Village told a coroner how the seven-foot mirror that fell on the little boy should have been secured to a wall.

Appearing before Oxfordshire Coroner Mr Darren Salter this afternoon, Det Sgt Christopher Whitwell of Thames Valley Police said the death of Austen Harrison, from East Street in Turners Hill, Crawley, had been “very tragic”.

The little boy died at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford on Saturday last week after suffering severe head injuries in the Hugo Boss store in Bicester Village at around 8.40pm on Tuesday, June 4.

Det Sgt Whitwell said: “The mirror was supposed to be fixed to the wall, and it would appear it was not fixed to the wall.

“It is clear that at some point it became inherently unstable and fell onto Austen.”

The court heard how Austen had been with his father Simon in the changing area of the store when the accident occurred.

The inquest was opened and adjourned pending the completion of investigations by Thames Valley Police and Cherwell District Council health and safety officers.