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Girl who died on bouncy castle was visiting Easter fair

A 7-year-old-girl has died after the bouncy castle she was playing on blew away in Harlow.

She was visiting an Easter fair when high winds ripped the dome-shaped inflatable from the ground and blew it 150 metres across a park.

Police have arrested two people in connection with the incident, which happened yesterday afternoon.

Dani Crawshaw reports:


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Young girl dies after bouncy castle blows away

Police have launched an appeal for witnesses after a girl died when a bouncy castle she was on blew away in Harlow Town Park.

The girl, who is believed to be aged 7 and from Norwich, was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital by ambulance just before 5pm on Saturday March 26th after sustaining serious injuries whilst on a bouncy castle. She sadly died a few hours later.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are leading this investigation and would like to speak to anybody who has any information or who witnessed the incident.

"This is a very tragic incident where a young girl has lost her life. My deepest sympathies go out to her family. We are trying to establish the circumstances surrounding how the girl came to be injured and I urge anyone who was at the event and witnessed the incident to contact me. Officers are aware of video footage of the scene being circulated and ask anyone who captured the incident on camera to get in touch.

– Detective Inspector Daniel Stoten

A 24-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, both from Cambridgeshire, have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence and remain in police custody.


Murder inquiry launched after man dies from stabbing

Pyenest Road. Credit: Google Street View

A murder inquiry has been launched after man died following a suspected stabbing, Essex Police say.

We believe the victim had walked up the pathway, where he was found, from Southern Way and was attacked close to Holly Field near the Pyenest Road end of the track.

A forensic post-mortem will be carried out in the near future to establish the cause of death but all the information we currently have suggests our victim has been stabbed and this is a murder enquiry.

– Detective chief inspector Marina Ericson, from Essex Police’s serious crime directorate, speaking to the Evening Standard
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