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NEWCASTLE PAYS£750,000 DAMAGES TO ACCIDENT BOY

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Newcastle City Council has agreed an out-of-court settlement of£750,000 after a boy on a school outing suffered br...
Newcastle City Council has agreed an out-of-court settlement of £750,000 after a boy on a school outing suffered brain damage, reports The Journal (p3).

The council does not accept liability for the accident which took place in a river in the Lake District in 1991.

The size of the award recognises the fact the boy still has problems with his memory, eyes and movement of some limbs, The Journal reports.

A council spokeswoman said: 'In the light of the incident, outdoor education policy and safety guidelines were revised. Outdoor swimming is no longer considered advisable.'
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