US News Girl, seven, died when bouncy castle blew away at Easter fair, court told

15:05  17 april  2018
15:05  17 april  2018 Source:   pressassociation.com

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A SEVEN -year-old girl died after the bouncy castle she was playing in at a fun fair was blown away . Summer Grant, from Norwich in England’s south east, suffered multiple injuries, a post-mortem examination has shown.

Summer Grant died after a bouncy castle she was playing on blew away at Harlow Town Park (Family handout/PA): Summer Grant death court case © Provided by The Press Association Summer Grant death court case

A young girl died when a bouncy castle that two fairground workers had failed to “adequately anchor” to the ground was blown across a park with her inside it, a court has heard.

Seven-year-old Summer Grant had been enjoying a family day out at Harlow Town Park in Essex when the inflatable was blown away, Chelmsford Crown Court was told.

Fairground worker William Thurston, 29, and his wife, Shelby Thurston, 26, both deny manslaughter by gross negligence and a health and safety offence.

Fairground workers Shelby Thurston, 26, and her husband William, 29, arrive at an earlier court hearing in Chelmsford © (Joe Giddens/PA) Fairground workers Shelby Thurston, 26, and her husband William, 29, arrive at an earlier court hearing in Chelmsford

Tracy Ayling QC, prosecuting, said Summer was with her father, Lee Grant, and other family members at Thurstons Fun Fair on Easter Saturday in 2016, and that Storm Katie was expected to arrive by Easter Monday.

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A seven -year-old girl from Norwich, England died after a bouncy castle was blown away by winds Saturday during an Easter fair . Summer Grant was playing inside the inflatable castle when winds swept it 150 metres across Harlow Town Park in Essex, according to the Daily Star.

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“The weather was cold and windy,” said Ms Ayling. “Summer was playing in a bouncy castle that was one of the fair’s attractions run by these two defendants.

“While Summer was in the bouncy castle, it blew away from its moorings, bounced 300 metres down a hill; having hit a tree, it came to rest.”

Summer Grant was seven years old when she died after a bouncy castle she was playing on blew away © (Family handout/PA) Summer Grant was seven years old when she died after a bouncy castle she was playing on blew away

She said Summer was rescued from inside the bouncy castle and taken to hospital but died from her injuries.

The two defendants, of Whitecross Road, Wilburton, near Ely, Cambridgeshire, sat side by side in the dock as Ms Ayling opened the prosecution case on Tuesday.

“It’s the Crown’s case that they breached the duty of care they owed to Summer Grant by failing to ensure that the bouncy castle, called a circus super dome inflatable, was adequately anchored to the ground and failed to monitor weather conditions to ensure it was safe to use,” she said.

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Two arrests were made in Britain March 27, after a seven -year-old girl died while using a bouncy castle at an Easter fair . (AP). At the Harlow Town Park in Essex, England, last week, a bespangled “fun fair ” sign advertised a merry-go-round, Ferris wheel and carnival games.

Police at the scene where a seven -year-old girl died after she was blown around 150 metres on a bouncy castle , which is thought to have been swept away by a sudden gust of wind at an Easter fair . PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday March 27 2016. More pics after the cut

Undated handout file photo issued by Essex Police of seven-year-old Summer Grant © PA Undated handout file photo issued by Essex Police of seven-year-old Summer Grant

Ms Ayling said Summer’s father had heard a scream.

“He turned and saw that the dome inflatable had lifted into the air, appeared to hit a caravan before flipping over,” she said. “He said ‘My daughter’s in there’.”

Mr Grant ran after it but it was moving too fast for him to catch it, Ms Ayling said.

Witnesses described seeing the bouncy castle “cartwheeling in the air, cartwheeling down a hill and only stopping when it hit a fence”.

Ms Ayling said William Thurston was among those who chased the bouncy castle as it blew away and, when he went to help Summer, it appeared “she was very badly injured and struggling to breathe”.

Summer’s parents, who lived in Norwich, paid tribute to their daughter at the time.

Her mother, Cara Blackie, said Summer was a “bright, beautiful and most loving little girl”, and her father described her as the “most happy, polite and beautiful girl in the world”.

The trial continues.

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