Police closed the Primark near Market Square in Nottingham around 2.30pm today, after a boy fell from the first floor escalator.
Several Police cars and ambulances attended the scene on Smithy Row.
Craig Adams, who was outside the store all afternoon, said, “There was a young lad taken out on a stretcher. There was an ambulance but no helicopter and it’s been shut ever since. Everybody was held inside for an hour.”
Nottinghamshire Police say the boy has been taken to QMC although the extent of his injuries have not been confirmed.
This is the second incident of this kind that has occurred in the store chain. In April 2008, a three year old girl was critically injured after falling 100ft from an escalator in Primark’s Liverpool branch.
Sources tell Impact the store will remain closed until tomorrow morning.
Update- 25th October
It has been reported that the identity of the boy is six-year-old Ryan Hooley from Beeston. Ryan’s condition has been described as critical but stable, after fracturing his skull in five places. He is currently in an induced coma.
A Primark spokesman said, “The safety of our customers in our stores is of paramount concern to us. We are now working with the relevant authorities to investigate this incident.”
Reporting by James Rathbone, Joseph Izzard, Emily Tripp, Antonia Paget, Ellis Schindler and Izzy Scrimshire.