Two boys injured by falling tree in Wandsworth

TWO nine-year-old boys were in a serious condition in hospital last night after a 50ft tree fell on them as they waited to play cricket in heavy winds.

The two boys sustained serious head injuries while a third boy, also nine, suffered leg injuries and was also taken to hospital.

The boys were waiting to have a turn in nets at the Spencer Cricket Club in south London when the tree came down at around 3.45pm.

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It is believed that adults then lifted the fallen tree enough to get the children out from underneath.

Charlie Masson-Smith, of Wandsworth Council, said yesterday’s “very strong” winds could have knocked down a healthy tree at the private cricket ground.

He said: “It is a terrible accident. From what we have been told there were a bunch of kids queuing up to go in the nets. All of a sudden this tree came down on them.”

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We were alerted by the ambulance service that a tree had fallen on children at Spencer Cricket ground.

“Three boys were taken to St George’s Hospital in Tooting. Two had head injuries and were in a serious condition. The third had leg injuries and was described as walking wounded.”

Spencer Cricket ground is home to the private Spencer Club, a sports club with more than 500 members offering cricket, tennis, squash, hockey and lacrosse.