A heartbroken Maldon family are holding a bedside vigil as a teenager’s life hangs in the balance following an accident in a play area.

Popular Plume School sixth former Sam Richards is in hospital in an induced coma after fracturing his skull at a Heybridge play area.

The 16-year-old was flung from a piece of spinning play equipment and hit his head on nearby wooden posts.

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