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Firm fined £100k over human cannonball death

Matt Cranch died in 2011 during a human cannonball stunt

The stunt firm, Stunts UK Limited, which was taken to court over health and safety breaches following the death of a stuntman has been fined £100k.

Matt Cranch, 24, died while performing a human cannonball stunt at Detling Showground in Kent in 2011. The safety net that was supposed to catch him after he had been launched from the cannon collapsed.

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Police won't prosecute over stuntman death

Matt Cranch, who died while working as a human cannonball Credit: ITV Meridian

Police have decided not to prosecute anyone in connection with the death of a stuntman at a show in Kent last year. Matt Cranch, who was 23, was performing a human cannonball stunt at the Detling showground near Maidstone when he died.

The case will now be referred to Maidstone Council where it will be investigated under Health and Safety rules.