The death of 12-year-old Louis Watkiss was called a ‘freak accident’ (Pictures: SWNS/BPM Media)
A boy who died in a ‘freak accident’ at an indoor ski slope was killed after his sled crashed into a member of staff, it has been revealed.
Louis Watkiss, 12, died on a night out with his friends at the SnowDome in Tamworth, Staffordshire, on September 24 last year.
The previously unexplained tragedy shocked Louis’ family and the local community who could not understand how it happened.
Now, it has come out that Louis died after he was fatally injured when a toboggan he was riding in collided with a worker.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has today confirmed it is leading a ‘criminal investigation’ into the schoolboy’s death.
Andrew Johnson, principal inspector at HSE, promised to ‘prioritise and thoroughly investigate any breaches of health and safety law’.
‘We are in regular contact with Louis’ family,’ he added.
Louis was described as his family’s ‘love, pride and joy’ (Picture: BPM Media)
Louis was pronounced dead from his injuries at the scene (Picture: BPM Media)
The SnowDome in Tamworth, Staffordshire, said it was cooperating with the investigation (Picture: SWNS)
Parents have previously accused the SnowDome of handling the situation ‘appallingly’.
They claim their children were ‘trapped’ and forced to watch in horror as Louis, from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, lost his life.
One mum said: ‘It shouldn’t happen because the staff should be monitoring when people can go down to avoid this very thing.
‘It was apparently very busy and full of kids. Police were questioning all the staff who all looked in shock.’
SnowDome chairman Martin Smith said: ‘The directors and all of the employees extend their heartfelt thoughts and prayers and condolences.
‘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.’
Louis’ family paid tribute to the sports and music enthusiast, saying he was their ‘love, pride and joy’.
In a statement released at the time, they said: ‘Louis was a son, a brother, a grandson, a cousin and a friend.
‘Louis was a studious pupil who enjoyed learning showing immense curiosity about the world around him.
‘Reaching grade five at saxophone through the Royal Academy of Music, his involvement in two jazz ensembles demonstrated his passion for music.
‘Louis supported Chelsea and England football clubs and followed England Cricket and Birmingham Bears, regularly watching both sports. Along with cheering on AJ and Tyson Fury for their big heavyweight fights.
‘We are so thankful George had five happy years with his brother, and he will hold dear the memory of Louis’ stoic personality.’
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Paul Mescal Receives Apology From BBC After Broadcaster Makes Rather Awkward Blunder
Irish actor Paul Mescal has been called British…again (Picture: Gilbert Flores/Variety via Getty Images)
His tweet clarifying his nationality may have been the most liked post in Ireland three years ago, but the BBC has had to apologise after getting a crucial fact about Oscar nominee Paul Mescal wrong.
Earlier this week the Irish actor was announced as one of the nominees for the upcoming Academy Awards.
The 26-year-old, who is from Maynooth, was given the nod for his leading role in indie flick Aftersun in the Actor in a Leading Role category.
In March, Paul will be going up against Austin Butler (Elvis), Brendan Fraser (The Whale), Bill Nighy (Living) and fellow Irishman Colin Farrell (The Banshees of Inisherin) in the prestigious category.
But when covering the nominations, the national broadcaster made a rather awkward error.
In text appearing on screen, the BBC reported: ‘2023 Oscar nominations: British actors Paul Mescal and Bill Nighy are nominated for leading role.’
The BBC has apologised for this mistake (Picture: eyeswideshut/ Twitter)
It has now apologised for the mistake, issuing a statement that read: ‘In text running across the screen we reported that Paul Mescal was one of two British actors who had been nominated for an Oscar for a leading role.’
‘The text should have said that Paul Mescal is Irish. We apologise for the mistake.’
When the mistake was made, plenty of people pointed it out and reminded the media outlet that Paul is very much Irish.
‘BBC news seems to not know Paul Mescal is IRISH,’ one person wrote.
Another added: ‘The BBC should know that Paul Mescal isn’t British.’
Plenty of people called out the BBC oversight (Picture: Twitter)
This person pointed out that Paul is very much Irish (Picture: Twitter)
Paul was one of several Irish Oscar nominees (Picture: Twitter)
It wasn’t the first time this has happened though.
Back in 2020, when Paul picked up an Emmy nomination for his breakthrough role in Normal People, outlets including The Guardian called him British.
It lead the actor to tweet ‘I’m Irish’, which ended up becoming the most-liked post in his home country that year.
Paul picked up an Oscar nomination for his starring role in Aftersun (Picture: A24 via AP)
The message quickly racked up over 130,000 likes as well as over 12,000 retweets and over 1,600 replies.
His Oscar nomination helped break a record for Ireland too, with the country securing 14 nominations in the upcoming awards ceremony.
Other actors to get nods included Barry Keoghan, Brendan Gleeson and Kerry Condon.
When his nomination was announced Paul said it was ‘truly a special moment for everyone involved in Aftersun’.
‘To be recognised by the Academy is such an insane honour and I’m so utterly grateful.’
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How Many Legs Are in the Carabao Cup Semi-finals? All the Rules Explained
Only four teams remain in the competition (Picture: Michael Regan/Getty Images)
With the regulations changing from one competition to another, here is your full lowdown of the rules in play across the semi-finals of the Carabao Cup 2023.
Are the Carabao Cup semi-finals played over two legs?
Yes, the Carabao Cup semi-finals will take place over two legs.
Newcastle beat Southampton 1-0 in the first leg of the first semi-final on Tuesday night, with the return leg scheduled for Tuesday, January 31 at 8pm.
Southampton and Newcastle played out an entertaining first leg (Picture: Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
Meanwhile, Manchester United will host Nottingham Forest in the second leg of their semi-final on Wednesday, February 1 at 8pm.
VAR is in use for the first time in the Carabao Cup this season, having not featured in earlier rounds to ensure fairness across every tie.
Will extra-time and penalties be used in the Carabao Cup semi-finals?
If the score is level after the end of both legs then extra-time, and if required penalties, will be used to determine the winner.
This is the first time this season that matches finishing level in the Carabao Cup will head to extra-time, with ties previously proceeding straight to penalties in the event of a draw after 90 minutes.
The away goals rule will also not be in use for the two semi-finals.
The English Football League scrapped the rule ahead of the 2018/19, which up until that point only came into effect following the conclusion of extra-time.
How many substitutes are allowed in the Carabao Cup?
Managers will be able to use up to five substitutes across three windows during the game (half-time not included).
An extra substitution is permitted in extra-time, whilst both teams can also use two concussion substitutes if required.
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