Update: Teenage girl back home after being hit by goal post in Norfolk village

A 14-year-old girl who recveived a serious head injury after a goal post fell on her has returned home from hospital.

Shannon Belfield, a year 10 pupil at Wayland Community High School, was initially airlifted to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital after the accident at Saham Toney playing field on Saturday, October 15.

She was then transferred to Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge for further treatment.

A statement from the school said the teenager's skull was fractured in two places and there had been some damage to her nerves.

Michael Rose, headteacher, said after the accident: 'We are really concerned and all our thoughts are with her.'


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The accident happened at about 2.50pm at Pages Lane, Saham Toney, near Watton, and the East Anglian Air Ambulance was scrambled to the scene at 3.20pm.

A doctor and paramedic from the air ambulance crew worked with the land ambulance team to monitor the girl and immobilise her spine.

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She was then flown to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital with a parent, arriving at 4pm.

Her condition was described as serious.

The playing field is the home of Saham Toney's football and cricket clubs.

Neither of the club's football teams were at home on Saturday and it appears the area was quiet when the accident happened.

It is believed the girl was injured by one of the five-a-side training goals.

A Breckland Council spokesman confirmed the accident was being investigated 'on health and safety grounds.'

Police did not attend incident and no further information has been released by the ambulance service.

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