A 10-year-old boy dies after falling from a topshop barrier 6 days after breaking a skull in another store


A 10-year-old girl died of a similar barrier just days before a 10-year-old girl died from a display barrier falling into a Topshop shop.

Cayden Reddick was crushed by a falling performance in Reading, Berkshire, six days later in another collapse in Glasgow.

Kayden Reddick was killed after a falling sign struck him in 2017

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Kayden Reddick was killed after a falling sign struck him in 2017Credit: Hyde News & Pictures
He suffered fatal injuries to the head after the trembling sign fell

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He suffered fatal injuries to the head after the trembling sign fellCredit: Alamy

The young man, described as a “sweetest boy,” died of severe head injuries caused by a 17-stone sign, and a previous incident caused a school girl’s skull fracture, the jury heard.

Topshop remembers all display stands in Tills as a “safety precaution” with “immediate effect”.

Sir Philip Greene’s former Arcadia Group, which owns Topshop stores when Kayden was killed, was on trial for health and safety failures.

Controversial barrier providers and shopfitters, Stoneforce, have also been accused of the same failure.

Prosecutor James Ageros QC told the jury that there was no urgency applied to the investigation until the killing of Kayden Reddick in February 2017.

The young man’s heartbroken family paid tribute to him: “Kaden was a loving, cheeky, energetic boy whose death leaves a huge gap in the lives of everyone who knows him.

“Without him, our house is empty.

“The saddest part of Kaden’s death for us is that he will never be able to fulfill his potential.

“He was greatly loved by all his family and friends, and will be greatly missed by his siblings and by everyone who was touched by his warmth and love.”

During the tragedy, Kaden watched the movie at a nearby movie theater on a family vacation.

Arcadia and Topshop, which took office in November 2020, face heavy fines if they are found guilty after failing to check barriers despite a previous incident.

Mr Ageros said: “Kayden Reddick was killed when the barrier of the series fell and struck his forehead while balancing on it.

“At the top of the barrier were baskets that would encourage buyers to buy impulse.

“These are attractive things for children. Kaden and his sister went to the barriers and were interested in what was in the baskets.

“You can see that the outer barrier is fixed with only two screws – more suitable for hanging pictures on the wall, not holding a heavy object. Only these two screws held the barrier to the ground.

“At no point during that process did anyone care what burdens it needed to withstand a busy shopping environment and keep it safe on the ground.

‘No focus or urgency’

“It’s not just limited to a reading shop – the barrier of an event was never the same.

“Another barrier in the same store was completely unstable and could tip over in the same way at any time.

“Other barriers in other Topman and Topshop stores were unstable and also presented a risk of collapse.

“Six days before Kaden died, a similar barrier, this time completely unresolved, fell into a shop in Glasgow and suffered serious injuries such as a skull fracture.

“The prosecution says that the investigation of the incident lacks the necessary attention or urgency, especially when the issue is not only caused by unsafe interruptions but also demolished in Reading.”

The court heard that the fitters failed to repair the barriers, but claimed that three other companies were also responsible for Mr Ageros’ death.

Topshop, Arcadia, and Realm Projects Ltd have all failed to perform health and safety duty, ensuring that the design, manufacture and maintenance of the barrier does not pose a threat to the health and safety of someone who does not work under them. The Health and Safety Act at Work 1974.

Stoneforce Ltd, which installed a barrier in the store, had previously pleaded guilty to health and safety charges. The three companies deny their other allegations. The trial continues.

Several companies have been charged in connection with his death

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Several companies have been charged in connection with his deathCredit: Hyde News & Pictures
His family described him as the 'sweetest' boy

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His family described him as the ‘sweetest’ boyCredit: Facebook



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