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Two charged over death of seven year old girl on bouncy castle

Summer Grant

Two fairground workers have been charged with manslaughter by gross negligence following the death of a seven year old girl after she was seriously injured on a bouncy castle in Harlow last year.

Summer Grant, from Norwich, was taken to hospital but died a few hours later.

Shelby Thurston, 25, and William Thurston, 28, from Whitecross Road, Wilburton in Cambridgeshire were arrested in connection with the investigation.

They were charged today, (Thursday June 15), with manslaughter by gross negligence.

They were also charged with failure to discharge a general health and safety duty under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

They are due to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court on July 19.

Detectives are continuing their enquiries and are trying to trace a witness who was near the fairground rides at the time of the incident. He was described as a young black man, believed to be aged in his teens.

Council's bid to extend traveller ban to be heard in court

Travellers are currently banned from setting up illegal camps in Harlow. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Harlow Council will find out today if a bid to extend an injunction banning travellers from setting up illegal camps in the town has been successful.

The current order expires on Friday 16 June, but the council are hoping the High Court will allow them to renew it for another four years.

What do the Council want?

  • To extend the injunction for four years until midnight on 15 June 2021 (with a review of the order by the court in June 2019) or for a period that the court sees fit
  • Include private land at the Old Comet Site in the injunction
  • Add five more named people to the injunction order



Health Secretary visits Harlow - but did his party know about it?

At least Robert Halfon knew Jeremy Hunt was visiting. Credit: Robert Halfon / Twitter

The Health Secretary has been in Harlow this morning (Friday) - although, for his party's HQ, the visit seems to have been a surprise.

Robert Halfon posted a picture of him with Jeremy Hunt outside the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow.

But after hearing rumours of the visitor earlier today, ITV News Anglia called the Conservative Party to ask for details - only to be told they knew nothing about it.

They were, however, keen to flag up Home Secretary Amber Rudd's visit to Norfolk later today.

Labour loses all its county council seats in Harlow

Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn holds one-year-old Angelo after speaking to supporters at a rally in Harlow on 27 April. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire

All four of the Essex County Council divisions in Harlow have gone to the Conservatives with Labour losing three of their seats.

It will be a blow to Labour hopes at the General Election as Harlow has been a marginal constituency in the past. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn was campaigning in the new town last week.

Robert Halfon won the parliamentary seat for the Tories in 2010 and increased his majority to more than 8,000 at the 2015 election. Labour held the seat from 1997 until 2010 and would need a 6.4% swing to take it back.

Harlow's Princess Alexandra Hospital appoint new CEO

Lance McCarthy will start work in May. Credit: Princess Alexandra Hospital/ITV News Anglia

A new Chief Executive has been appointed to help turn things around at a struggling hospital in Harlow.

The Princess Alexandra was rated as 'inadequate' by the Care Quality Commission last October and placed in special measures.

Lance McCarthy, who takes charge in May, is currently the CEO at Hinchingbrooke Health Care NHS Trust.

He says he's looking forward to taking on a new challenge.

This is the perfect job in so many ways – the chance to be part of the development of a new hospital on a new education and social care campus is exciting.

The chance to shape health and social care across West Essex by developing our Accountable Care Partnership is a challenge I shall relish.

And finally the chance to work with a staff team who are so obviously caring and committed to doing the best for patients will be a pleasure.

– Lance McCarthy
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