Teenager hurt in park fall

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EMERGENCY services were called after a schoolboy was injured when he fell down an embankment in a Sunderland park.

The 15-year-old boy suffered a disclocated knee in the fall, which happened in Backhouse Park, off Ryhope Road.

Four fire engines from Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue service were called to the scene, along with a rope rescue team from South Shields.

Paramedics also attended and gave treatment to the teenager.

It is thought the boy had finished an exam at school before leaving with pals.

He is believed to have been taking a shortcut through the park when he slipped up to 20ft down the embankment and suffered the injury.

Crew manager Bob Jones, from Sunderland East Community Fire Station, said: “He was about 15ft to 20ft down the embankment when we got there.

“The paramedics were there before us to treat him.

“We didn’t know how far he was down the embankment at first, which is why our rope rescue team from South Shields came.

“They were not needed, though.”

The teenager was then taken to Sunderland Royal Hospital for treatment after the accident, which happened at about 2pm on Friday.