Toddler suffers horror face gash after ‘maliciously damaged’ metal fence falls on her

A toddler suffered a serious face injury when a metal fence crashed down on her after it was deliberately sabotaged.

Esme Philp was left with a deep gash to her forehead which required more than 30 stitches.

The two-year-old, from Rosyth, was playing at Letham Glen in Leven, Fife on July 25 when a fence struck her, narrowly missing her eye.

Cops are investigating the incident, as they believe Esme was the victim of sabotage, after bolts which made the fence secure were deliberately removed.

A specialist tool was found nearby, with the site inspected and deemed safe two days earlier.

Esme was left screaming in agony after the incident.

She was rushed to hospital where she had to undergo surgery and had so many stitches the consultant lost count.

Police are now treating the incident as malicious.

The incident happened just two days after an inspection at the park found the bolts were secure. Council officers say they must have been removed between the inspection and the accident.

Cops are asking anyone with information to come forward. 

Stacey and husband Kyle, who live in Rosyth, say they are stunned by the news and are seeking witnesses. 

Stacey said: “It has to be someone who has the right tools to remove these bolts. 

“We need to know what happened because this is a massive thing for my daughter and my family to go through.”