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'Human cannonball' stuntman killed when safety net collapsed


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.

Inquest starts into death of 'Human Cannonball'

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.


There's no business like snow business - why Zoe's sights are set on world domination

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:

Special tribute for tragic brothers

Jacques and Torin's bodies were found at a Bolton flat Credit: PA

A moving memorial to two brothers who were found dead at a flat in Bolton has been thought up by their father Ray Lakeman. Ray is inviting people to take a model figure – preferably from Lord of the Rings – and hide it in a special spot. A memorial service to Jacques, 20 and 19 year old Torin will be held on January 16 at Living Hope Community Church, Port St Mary in the Isle of Man where they grew up.


Isle of Man - PE teacher dies in fatal collision

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.

Isle of Man: Budget cuts may mean fire redundancies

Douglas Fire Station Credit: ITV Granada

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.

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