Mum-of-nine left with broken back demands ‘dangerous’ Rotherham park slide is removed

The slide in Rotherham where the incident happened
The slide in Rotherham where the incident happened
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A mum-of-nine is calling for a ‘dangerous’ slide to be removed after she claims she broke her back in two places from flying off the end.

Toni Connell, aged 38, was playing with her nine children in a park in Rotherham when she shot off the end of a children’s play slide.

She was taken to hospital and needed a metal rod in her spine.

The mother says Rotherham Council should remove the slide - but the authority insists it’s safe.

The full-time mum now has to take painkillers every day, and has launched a campaign to have the slide removed from Clifton Park.

She said: “It was the first time I had ever been on a tunnel slide, I have a phobia of them but my kids were begging me to have a go so I plucked up the courage.

“As soon as I came out of the tunnel I knew something wasn’t right. I was shooting towards the end of the slide really fast and I couldn’t slow down.

“I tried to stop myself but I shot straight off the edge and landed in a heap. I was in the worst pain of my life.

‘I’d just taken them for a nice day out in the park. I didn’t expect to end up with a broken back.

“The slide is dangerous and it needs to be taken down.”

A spokesman for Rotherham Council said: “It gives tremendous challenge and fun to thousands of children with very few injuries, we are not minded to recommend its removal from Clifton Park.”