Girl, 7, died after bouncy castle was blown away at fair

A seven-year-old girl who died after the bouncy castle she was in was blown away at a fun fair suffered multiple injuries, an autopsy has shown.
Girl, 7, died after bouncy castle was blown away at fair

Tributes have been paid to Summer Grant, of Braeford Close in Norwich, who died when the inflatable was apparently swept some 150m across a park in Harlow, Essex, on Easter Saturday.

Police said the autopsy established the cause of death as multiple injuries.

A man, 27, and a woman, 24, both of Cambridgeshire, were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence following the child’s death, and were released on bail pending further inquiries.

Almost £2,000 (€2,530) has been donated in an online fundraising drive for Summer’s family. The fair at Harlow Town Park was closed yesterday but a steady trickle of people visited the park, leaving messages to a “princess” and an “angel”.

A sudden gust of wind blew the bouncy castle off the ground, Ray Smith, from the Showmen’s Guild of Great Britain said.

“It was a sudden gust. Had it been a consistent wind they would have closed down all the inflatables.”

He said the firm running the bouncy castle was the family-run Thurston fun fairs. Asked about how bouncy castles are set up, he said: “I know the family and I am very confident they had staked it out properly.

Police said that weather conditions on the day will be a factor in a “lengthy” and “complex” investigation.

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