HOLLINGWOOD: Mum ‘mortified’ at play group mix-up

NDET 11-6-13 MC 3'Letitia Beck and mum Claire after Letitia was abandoned by youth club workers who closed early
NDET 11-6-13 MC 3'Letitia Beck and mum Claire after Letitia was abandoned by youth club workers who closed early

A nine-year-old girl was left on her own outside a youth club after organisers closed forty minutes early without warning, her mum claims.

Claire Taylor, was horrified when she arrived to pick up her daughter, Letitia, from a GameZone session at the Hollingwood Hotel, on Pine Street, Staveley only to find the area locked up and her daughter gone.

“I was mortified” said Claire. “I expected my nine-year-old to be where I left her. I expected her to be safe.”

Hollingwood Primary pupil, Letitia Beck, had been taken in by a parent living across the street after the play session, which was due to finish at 8pm on Monday, June 3, was closed at 7.20pm.

“She was told to call me, but she doesn’t have a phone” said Claire, “so she was told to wait outside.”

When she challenged the organisers of the sessions, which run weekly for children aged from six, she was told the club “isn’t a babysitting service” and that it wasn’t their responsibility.

Claire, who lives on Ralph Road, Staveley added: “I just worry what would happen if it had been a younger child, without any common sense.

“If it hadn’t been for this other parent, Letitia would have been alone. You have to be so careful these days.”

Organisers of the sessions said they are unable to comment on the allegations, but insisted its service was of the highest quality.

The Derbyshire Times was unable to reach the Hollingwood Hotel for a comment, but understands it is not responsible for GameZone.