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No prosecution over 'human cannonball' stunt

No criminal prosecution will be brought over the death of a "human cannonball" stuntman from the Isle of Man. Matthew Cranch died after being fired up to 40ft into the air at a daredevil show in front of hundreds of spectators in Kent.

A safety net intended to break the 23 year old's fall failed during Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show at the Kent County Showground in Detling in April last year.

A Kent police spokesman said: "The case has been referred to the local authority."

Witnesses estimated that Mr Cranch was launched between 30 and 40ft into the air by the cannon before falling head-first to his death.

Friends described him as a "loveable character" and a "true gent who had time for anyone and everyone". An inquest into his death has yet to be held.