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Fairground workers in court over manslaughter of Summer Grant following bouncy castle tragedy

Summer Grant, from Norwich, was taken to hospital following the accident but died a few hours later

Two fairground workers have appeared in court charged with the manslaughter of Summer Grant in Harlow.

The seven-year-old from Hellesdon near Norwich suffered multiple injuries when high winds swept the bouncy castle into the air, at Summer High Park in March 2016.

Summer was at the funfair with her father Lee Grant at the time.

The bouncy castle was been cordoned off for investigators following the incident Credit: ITV News Anglia

25-year-old William Patrick Thurston and Shelby Ashley Thurston, who's 28, appeared at Chelmsford Magistrates' Court and spoke only to confirm their names and address.

The pair, who are described in court papers as self-employed, are also charged with a health and safety offence.

They were granted unconditional bail and will appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on 16th August to answer charges of manslaughter and failing to discharge health and safety duties.

No pleas were taken during the two-minute hearing.

Summer Grant, seven, died from multiple injuries Credit: ITV News Anglia

The parents of Summer paid tribute to their daughter after the tragedy.

Her mother Cara Blackie said she was 'truly heartbroken' by her death.

"Words just can’t explain how I am feeling right now, life is just truly cruel. Summer was a bright, beautiful and most loving little girl.

It's so unfair that you have been taken. It just doesn’t make sense, I’m truly heartbroken."

Summer's father, Lee Grant, described her as the "most happy, polite and beautiful girl in the world".

He added: "I still can't come to terms she's not here."

Tributes were paid to Summer following her death. Credit: ITV News Anglia