Monday, 23 July, 2018

Young girl killed after being thrown from bouncy castle in Norfolk

A police cordon was in place following the incident Image A police cordon was in place following the incident
Gerardo Duncan | 04 July, 2018, 07:09

Police said only that they were called to the scene on the Lower Esplanade around 11.15am following reports a "child had been thrown from a bouncy castle".

Kara Longshaw wrote on Facebook: 'Just seen the most horrific thing in my life.

Some eyewitnesses said the bouncy castle "exploded" and the child was then thrown into the air.

In 2017, a jumping castle exploded outside a restaurant in northeastern Spain, catapulting a six-year-old girl 13 metres into the air.

Images of the scene showed an area of the beach, with what appeared to be crumpled canvas and abandoned deck chairs, cordoned off by police. She sustained serious injuries and died in hospital. "I will never let my son on one again".

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to the police or anyone who may have captured the incident on their phone or camera is encouraged to call Norfolk Police on 101.

The area of beach where the incident happened has now been cordoned off as police launched a joint investigation with health and safety officials.

Paramedics performed CPR but the youngster was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.

"We would like to thank everyone who rushed to respond the young patient, and did everything possible to give her treatment and care", a spokeswoman for the East of England Ambulance Service Trust told the BBC. "Our thoughts are with the family at this time".

Halfon was referring to the case of Summer Grant, who died in 2016 after a gust of wind lifted a bouncy castle from its moorings in Essex.

"You come to a seaside town like Great Yarmouth and Gorleston for a day out. we've spent many hours standing by a bouncy castle watching the kids jump up and down".

Fairground workers William Thurston, 29, and his 26-year-old wife Shelby were jailed for three years in June over the "entirely preventable" death of Summer Grant.

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