A "human cannonball" stuntman was killed when a safety net intended to break his fall after he was fired into the air collapsed, an inquest has heard.
Matthew Cranch, 24, who was originally from the Isle of Man, suffered multiple injuries after he plunged to the ground during Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show, jurors were told.
Mr Cranch had been fired from a cannon mounted on a lorry in front of spectators at the Kent County Showground in Detling, Kent, on April 25 2011.
Police announced back in December 2012 that no criminal prosecution would be brought over the incident.
An inquest will begin today into the death of a "human cannonball" stuntman from the Isle of Man who died after being fired up to 40ft into the air at a daredevil show.
Hundreds of spectators watched as a safety net intended to break Matthew Cranch's fall failed during Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show.
The death of Mr Cranch, 24, at the Kent County Showground in Detling on April 25, 2011 prompted a criminal investigation. But in December 2012 Kent Police announced that no criminal prosecution would be brought and the case was referred to the local authority.
Mr Cranch, is believed to have only taken up the stunt job a couple of weeks before the fatal showpiece.
A three-day inquest will start from 10.30am today at the Archbishop's Palace in Maidstone.
All sailings cancelled on Isle of Man Steam Packet between Douglas and Heysham due to adverse weather conditions.
Zoe Gillings-Brier, the snowboarding star from the Isle of Man enjoyed a top ten finish in the winter Olympics last year.
Now she's determined to challenge for a place on the podium at the Freestyle Ski and Snowboard World Championships.
The action gets underway in Austria tomorrow and it's all downhill from there.
David Chisnall reports:
We can confirm, it's turned nasty out!! Slow down on the roads as it's slippy out... http://t.co/BpLxsLWbLM
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The Isle of Man has been hit by bad weather with Gansey, Castletown and Douglas promenade taking a pounding this lunchtime.
Rough seas coupled with high tides means anyone near to the coastline will be in for a soaking.
Robert James Campbell aged 31 from Santon on the Isle of Man has died after an accident on Saturday on Richmond Hill, Braddan.
Mr Campbell was a P.E. teacher at St Ninian’s High School and police have been supporting his family during this difficult time. Police have also been liaising with the head teacher of St Ninian’s High School and the Department of Education.
The Fire Brigades Union, Unite the Union and the Chief Fire Officer have met to discuss the potential for retained staff redundancies within the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue Service. The meeting concluded with all parties committing to look at all options to avoid redundancies, but the very real potential cuts to the Fire and Rescue Service budget are said to be making that very difficult.