£30k fine after window smash

A women’s fashion chain must pay a £36,102 bill after a Long Eaton boy ran through a shop window in mistake for a door.

Glass slashed open his eyebrow which needed 12 stitches leaving him needing a cap to protect the ‘fragile skin from the sun’, a Derby Magistrates Court heard last Monday. Other parts of his face were also cut and his hands were grazed.

His mother described it as ‘like a bomb’ when the glass shattered and large shards hung above him at the New Look store in High Street in July 2010.

The firm pleaded guilty to exposing the public to risk.

Magistrates imposed their maximum fine of £20,000 with £16,087 costs for Erewash Borough Council, which brought the case. A £15 government surcharge must also be paid.

The court heard the six-year-old victim had gone into the store to look for his sister while their mother waited outside on a sunny day.

“As he ran back out, he mistook the pane of glass for the immediately adjacent door and ran into it,” said Bernard Thorogood, for the council.

“There were razor sharp shards of glass, the boy was badly cut and below them. That was a very distressing scene for his mother to observe.”

Lee Bennett, defending, said: “There is no argument – we accept the failings up front and in full.”

He said the store was one of several which had been left out of a risk assessment.