A five-year-old girl who was killed when a
tree trunk being used as a rope swing fell
on top of her had begged her mother for one
last go on her favourite ride.
Alexia Walenkaki, who would have been
six on Saturday, was crushed when the play
equipment in a council-run playground in
Mile End snapped and fell.
Police say Alexa went into cardiac arrest
after the tree fell at around 5:30pm on
Friday and died around an hour later.
Her mother, Vida Kwotuah from Poplar,
said she believed Alexia would still be alive
if the playground equipment had been
She told BBC London News: “Looking at the
log itself it is very rotten. Surely if the play
equipment had been checked then that log
would not have been there. And if it was
there it would have been a much stronger
She described the moment it happened: “She
was so happy, playing and I was sitting
there watching her the whole time.
“I saw the log falling so I ran over there but
when I got there she was already on the
Ms Kwotuah said it has been “tough”
without Alexia and she misses her: “Its
been tough. You go into the bathroom, you
see her toothbrush, her toothpaste, its hard.
Its 3 o’clock, I would be picking up from
“Alexia was a little strong girl, she was
likeable, everyone who met her fell in love
with her. I want people to remember her
for that. An investigation has been launched into the accident by London police and the Health and Safety Executive.
In a statement, Tower Hamlets Council said:
“A joint investigation is being carried out
into the circumstances of the incident by
the police and the Health and Safety
Executive and at this stage we cannot make
any further comment.”