Lydia Bishop Parents: "Nothing Coud Ever Compensate For Our Tragic Loss"
12:14pm 14th February 2014
(Updated 5:42pm 14th February 2014)
The parents of Lydia Bishop say they thought York College would have received a more substantial fine for the death of their daughter at its nursery.
The college was earlier fined £175,000 for health and safety failings after the death of the three year old.
Lydia died after her neck became caught in a rope on a slide at the college's nursery last September.
The college also has to pay the Health and Safety Executive £45,453.94.
It also has to pay £940 in defendant costs to Sophee Redhead, the former nursery nurse who was cleared of a charge of manslaughter last week.
In a statement issued through North Yorkshire Police, Lydia's parents, Rebecca Dick and Brad Bishop, said:
"Over the last four weeks, attending Leeds Crown Court for the trial of Sophee Redhead and York College has been really tough. However, we feel we had to be there to learn what happened and to hear the answers that we, as Lydia's parents, deserve.
"It's obvious that fatal mistakes were made, both on that day and in the weeks and months leading up to it, and that Lydia was not properly cared for. We are disappointed that it is not until a jury reached their verdict that the college have finally admitted their failings.
"Although nothing could ever compensate for our tragic loss, we anticipated a more substantial penalty would be imposed on York College."
In a statement, the Principal of York College Alison Birkinshaw said:
“We remain deeply saddened by the events of 17th September 2012 and we know that no family can ever recover from the death of a child. Nothing can reduce the pain felt by Lydia’s family and we are truly sorry for what has happened. Lydia and her family will be forever in our thoughts.
We remain committed to learning from these tragic events and took the difficult decision to close the nursery permanently immediately after the tragedy. While the nursery was separate from the College, we also brought in the British Safety Council to conduct a full inspection of health and safety implementation across all College sites. As noted by the judge in his closing sentencing remarks: “the College has taken a number of steps to ensure that this sort of accident could not happen again.”
We would like to thank the local community for the support shown to everyone affected by these terrible events.”
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