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Stuntman's family say they will never accept his loss

Stuntman Matthew Cranch died from multiple injuries after a safety net collapsed as he fell to the ground. Credit: ITV News

An inquest has returned a verdict of accidental death on a stuntman from Cornwall. 24-year-old Matthew Cranch died after being fired into the air as a human cannonball and crashing to the ground when his safety net collapsed in April 2011.

His family have issued this statement following the verdict:

Our son Matthew was an intelligent, happy, bright, uncomplicated child.

These traits in his character continued and developed through his life. He was kind, caring, patient and loving, with integrity beyond his years.

Matthew was a 'free spirit', who truly was a genuine guy. He brought to the world a kindness, gentleness, sensitivity, fairness and incredible sense of humour, an unforgettable smile and the very best of big hugs.

We will always be grateful and thankful for his love and the time we were able to spend together.

The loss of our son is a matter we can never accept or recover from.

– Family statement
Matthew Cranch died after hitting the ground after being fired from a cannon during Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show Credit: ITV News

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Jury returns verdict of Accidental Death for Cornwall Stuntman

The death of a "human cannonball" who died after being fired into the air at a stunt show was an accident, an inquest jury has ruled.

24-year-old Matthew Cranch suffered multiple injuries after a safety net intended to break his fall collapsed as he fell to the ground.

He had been fired from a lorry-mounted cannon during Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show at the Kent County Showground in Detling on April 25 2011.

The two-day inquest heard that a mechanism which triggered the release of the safety net was not properly set.

Tests carried out following the tragedy showed the mechanism could be unintentionally falsely closed, leading to the net dropping when the lorry recoiled upon firing of the cannon.

The stuntman, who had been living in Newquay, Cornwall, had performed the daredevil showpiece five times before the tragedy

Day two of inquest into death of stuntman

Matthew Cranch died after hitting the ground during Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show Credit: ITV News

An Inquest into the death of a stuntman from Newquay continues today.

Matt Cranch, known as the 'human cannonball', hit the ground during a daredevil show in Maidstone in April 2011.

The inquest heard yesterday that a safety net collapsed. It had been designed to break the 23-year-old's fall collapsed.

The inquest has heard that the safety net collapsed and Mr Cranch crashed to the ground Credit: ITV News

Safety net failure may have killed stuntman

Stuntman Matthew Cranch was killed when his safety net failed Credit: ITV News

A 'human cannonball' stuntman from Newquay was killed when the safety net intended to break his fall, failed.

An inquest heard today how 24-year-old Matthew Cranch plunged to the ground in front of horrified spectators at a County Show.

You can see David Johns report from the inquest below:

Inquest hears how "human cannonball" died after safety net collapsed

Matthew Cranch fell to the ground during Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show Credit: ITV News

A "human cannonball" stuntman from Cornwall was killed when a safety net intended to break his fall after he was fired into the air collapsed, an inquest heard today.

24-year old Matthew Cranch suffered multiple injuries after he plunged to the ground during Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show. He had been fired from a cannon mounted onto a lorry in front of spectators at the Kent County Showground on April 25, 2011.

Matthew Cranch himself was performing a stunt called the human cannonball.

There is a cannon mounted on the back of a lorry and it is fired into a safety net nearby. In this particular case, as Matthew was fired out of the cannon, the net collapsed, causing Mr Cranch to land on the ground.

He suffered multiple injuries and, tragically, he died at Maidstone Hospital that very same day. He had been attended to by St John Ambulance and other ambulance teams.

– Patricia Harding, Mid-Kent and Medway coroner

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Newquay's traditional Huer's Hut restored

The hut had a crucial role in the fishing industry.

Repairs are due be completed today on one of Newquay's Huer's Huts.

Situated on Towan Head, the hut dates from the 19th Century, and was used by lookouts to spot shoals of pilchards in Newquay Bay. The work has cost £30,000.

It is hoped the wraps can come off early in January.

The work on the hut should be completed today. Credit: ITV News

Flybe pilot released without charge after suspicion of being over the limit

Flybe pilot released without charge after suspicion of being over the limit Credit: PA

Police say no charges will be brought against a Flybe pilot who was arrested on suspicion of being over the alcohol limit at Newquay airport.

The 48 year old man was escorted from the plane and breath tested.

He had been due to the fly the plane to Gatwick. It's understood the pilot faces disciplinary charges from Flybe and the Civil Aviation Authority.

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