A SEVEN-year-old boy narrowly avoided serious injury after he was struck by a plastic cone thrown from the second floor of Ocean Terminal shopping centre.
A SEVEN-year-old boy narrowly avoided serious injury after he was struck by a plastic cone thrown from an upper floor of a busy shopping centre.
Police described the incident at Ocean Terminal – as hundreds flocked to the Boxing Day sales – as an “act of utter recklessness” after a hunt was launched for a teenage girl suspected of throwing the item.
The young boy was with his family and about to climb the stairs from the ground floor near Debenhams when he was hit on the leg by the cone – believed to be used by cleaners to warn of wet floors – at around 5.30pm on Saturday.
It had been thrown down the stairwell from the second floor, outside Pure Gym.
The little boy was not injured, but officers said the consequences “could have been much more serious”.
His family was said to be shaken by the incident, which bears similarities to serious incidents elsewhere in the city which involved traffic cones being thrown from heights.
Police are keen to trace a teenage girl who was seen throwing the cone while her friends looked on.
It is understood that she had hurled another cone on to the first floor just minutes before the second one hit the boy on the ground level.
Witnesses told officers they saw a group of teenage girls laughing and throwing items in what was thought to be a prank, however police have warned it could have had grave results.
The suspect was aged around 14 or 15 and had brown hair tied up in a high ponytail. She was wearing dark clothes.
She was with two other teenage girls, one of whom had blonde hair in a ponytail.
Officers are scouring the Leith centre’s CCTV footage for clearer pictures of the girls in a bid to identify them as quickly as possible.
Constable Nicole Napier, who is based at Leith, said: “This was a reckless act and had the cone struck the boy on the head it could have caused serious injury. Anyone who may have been in the shopping centre and can help us trace these girls is asked to call us.”
No-one from Ocean Terminal was available to comment on the incident, which took place on one of the busiest shopping days of the year.
In August, teenager Robert Davidson was fined £700 for throwing a traffic cone from George IV Bridge on to the Cowgate, narrowly avoiding a police officer and pedestrians.
The case was similar to an incident at the same spot in 2006, when student Kate Flannery suffered a fractured skull after being hit by a cone thrown from 60ft above.