DIY giant B&Q has been fined £300,000 after a shopper suffered a serious head injury when a metal pole fell from a shop display and struck them at its store in Kidderminster, Worcestershire.

The town’s magistrates heard the metal banner pole, which weighed 2.6kg and was part of a seasonal promotional display, fell 3.6 metres from racking while the customer was reaching for a product in July 2017.

Wyre Forest District Council brought the prosecution following an investigation by its health and safety team at Worcestershire Regulatory Services. This is the shared enforcement body for the environmental health functions of six local authorities in Worcestershire.

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