Broken bottle peril in the park

Glenn Wheelans (15) who severed tendons in his fingers when he fell off his scooter on to broken glass lying around the skate park in Beech Avenue, Ladybank. 2312009
Glenn Wheelans (15) who severed tendons in his fingers when he fell off his scooter on to broken glass lying around the skate park in Beech Avenue, Ladybank. 2312009

A LADYBANK teenager is set to miss out on a summer of fun after slicing his hand on a broken bottle left lying in the local skate park.

Glenn Wheelans (15) severed tendons in his fingers when he fell off his scooter on to the grass and will be in a cast for six to 12 weeks.

That means he’ll have to give up much of what promised to be a fantastic summer for the Bell Baxter pupil.

Although it’s not clear what type of bottle caused Glenn’s injury, the accident happened during the recent spell of warm weather when people were drinking in Victoria Park late into the evenings.

CANCEL

Glenn’s mum Lisa said: “We have had to cancel all school activity days and trips away, and Glenn will not be able to take part in the Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme, which he was really looking forward to this summer.

“He also plays the bagpipes but won’t be able to do that either.

“Luckily it was his left hand and he is right-handed, so at least he can go to school.”

While Glenn was in Ninewells having his injuries treated, his younger brother Alex (12) was in the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy having his appendix removed.

MESSAGE

Lisa went on: “There is often glass in the park but it was particularly bad on the weekend following the warm weather.

“People don’t seem to think about what they’re doing, but now that someone has got hurt, maybe they’ll get the message.”

Iain Barbour, Fife Council’s area parks team leader, urged members of the public to report dangerous items.

He said: “In the summer months the skate park is inspected weekly by our playparks team and dedicated summer litter team.

“Any rubbish is removed and any damage is repaired or repairs arranged.

“In between times, squads cutting grass would clear anything they spot that’s dangerous, like broken glass.

“We’d ask anyone who sees something dangerous in a play area to phone the council on 08451 55 11 66 and we’ll do our best to clear it the same day.”

A spokesperson for Fife Constabulary added: “We respond to calls from members of the public about outdoor drinking in the area when they are made to us.

“We also regularly patrol the area in order to detect and deal with breaches of the law.”