SnowDome served with Prohibition Notice following the death of Louis Watkiss

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Louis Watkiss, aged 12, from Sutton Coldfield died at the attraction in Tamworth on Friday (September 24)

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has issued SnowDome in Tamworth with a Prohibition Notice.

The venue has remained closed since the death of 12 year-old Louis Watkiss, from Sutton Coldfield, on Friday.

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Staffordshire Police are investigating the tragedy with the HSE.

Today (September 28) the HSE issued a public statement to advise that the SnowDome has received the Prohibition Notice which prevents parts of the venue, which includes a ski slope, from being used.

The  UK government agency responsible for the encouragement, regulation and enforcement of workplace health, safety and welfare, said the notice would remain in place until it was assured that risks from collision were managed.

The HSE statement says: “HSE is aware and continuing to work with Staffordshire Police, (who have primacy).

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“It has served a Prohibition Notice on Snowdome Limited, which prevents the use of the parts of the venue, until HSE is satisfied that systems in place to manage the risk of collision are suitable to address any ongoing risk to the safety of visitors and employees.”

Louis Watkiss, 12, died after being seriously injured Snow Dome in Tamworth (photo from Staffordshire police)Louis Watkiss, 12, died after being seriously injured Snow Dome in Tamworth (photo from Staffordshire police)
Louis Watkiss, 12, died after being seriously injured Snow Dome in Tamworth (photo from Staffordshire police) | Staffordshire police

The SnowDome is currently closed.

The venue posted this notice on its Facebook page on Sunday: “The SnowDome is to remain temporarily closed following the tragic death of a child on Friday evening.

“The Directors and staff are deeply shocked by what happened, and our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this terrible time.

“An investigation is currently being carried out by the authorities, and we are giving it our full co-operation. We are unable to reopen until their work has been completed, but hope to be able to update you on the position in the very near future.

“If you have a booking affected by the closure, we will be in touch with you shortly.”

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