Drayton Manor theme park reopens following death of schoolgirl

Drayton Manor theme park has reopened following the death of an 11-year-old girl.

Evha Jannath was on a school trip when she fell out of a raft on the Tamworth park's Splash Canyon ride on Tuesday.

The year six pupil was airlifted to hospital but died at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

While the ride remains closed, the park itself reopened on Saturday.

The youngster's family say they have been "torn apart" by the tragedy and requested that the Splash Canyon remain suspended until an inquiry is concluded.

The Health and Safety Executive has been carrying out investigations at the site following the incident.

Jonathan Hughes, vice-chair of the Staffordshire Branch of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health, said the HSE will be talking to staff, contractors and manufacturers of the ride to see how it operated.

"In addition, they will be looking at the history of the ride - its maintenance records, inspections, tests and details of any works carried out on the ride," he said.