Young girl dies after being thrown from bouncy castle

Geraldine Edwards
July 4, 2018

We were called to a report of an inflatable trampoline apparently bursting on Gorleston beach, following a call to the ambulance service.

The bouncy castle was located on the Lower Esplanade in a children's play area.

She was taken to the James Paget Hospital, but later died from her injuries.

The incident happened at around 11am at Gorleston Beach in Norfolk, England, where temperatures were in excess of 20° Celsius.

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Superintendent Roger Wiltshire said: "We were called to a report of an inflatable trampoline apparently bursting on Gorleston beach, following a call to the ambulance service".

In a statement, Norfolk police said: "Police can confirm a child has sadly died following an incident in Gorleston earlier today, Sunday 1 July 2018".

"We would like to thank everyone who rushed to respond to the young patient, and did everything possible to give her treatment and care". "Never ever will I let my girls on a bouncy castle, ever".

Witnesses told reporters the children on the bouncy castle were thrown about 20 feet in the air when it exploded.

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Mr Lewis said: "This is a tragedy, and my thoughts go out to the family and friends of the young girl".

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.

Robert Halfon, a member of Parliament, called on Sunday evening for a temporary ban on the play equipment in public places until government officials "can be sure that they are safe".

The seven-year-old was killed in March 2016 after a gust of wind lifted the inflatable from its moorings at an Easter fair in Harlow, Essex.

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A joint investigation between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), local authority and police has been launched.

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