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Our local shopping area has been pedestrianised, but is now used by skateboarders, cyclists and children on scooters. Who would be responsible for any injury caused by these activities? Surely the council has a duty of care to provide a safe environment for shoppers?

The police can take action against and prosecute cyclists for riding on pavements or for riding in a dangerous manner, but there may also be by-laws barring scooters and the like. I’m assuming that the shopping area is public rather than a privately-owned mall. In a privately-owned mall the owners could possibly be held responsible. The person who caused the accident would of course be liable in the first instance. While it may not be practical to sue a ten-year-old on a scooter it might be possible to bring a compensation claim against the parents.

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