June 16, 2017

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Bouncy Castle Death

Bouncy castle pair charged after death

Two people have been charged with manslaughter after a seven-year-old girl died when the bouncy castle she was playing on blew away.

Essex Police said fairground workers Shelby Thurston, 25, and William Thurston, 28, had been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence.

The pair, from Wilburton, Cambridgeshire, have also been charged with failure to discharge a general health and safety duty under the Health and Safety at Work etc 1974. They are due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court next week.

Summer Grant, from Norwich, suffered serious injuries at a funfair in Harlow, Essex, in 2016. Paramedics were called to Harlow Town Park but Summer died in hospital.

At the opening of an inquest into Summer’s death last April, Chelmsford Coroner’s Court heard high winds had taken the dome-shaped inflatable “some distance”.

The inquest was also told Summer was thought to have died from multiple injuries.

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