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Essex MP calls for bouncy castles to be temporarily banned

The scene in Gorleston, Norfolk Credit: ITV News Anglia

An Essex MP is calling for bouncy castles to be temporarily banned following the death of a young girl at a beach in Norfolk.

Witnesses on Gorleston beach say the trampoline inflatable exploded with the young girl on it, throwing her into the air.

Robert Halfon is the MP for Harlow where 7 year old Summer Grant from Norwich died on a bouncy castle when it came free from its moorings in 2016.

"After two horrific tragedies, Government need to look at update of regulations and inspection regime and consider a temporary ban on bouncy castles in public areas until we can be sure that they are safe."

– Robert Halfon MP, Harlow, Con

Mr Halfon has written to the Speaker of the House of Commons requesting an urgent question on the matter today.

A joint investigation between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), local authority and police has been launched.

"The young female was seriously injured and in cardiac arrest on our arrival, and was conveyed to James Paget Hospital. Sadly, despite all of the efforts and interventions, she was pronounced deceased. We would like to thank everyone who rushed to respond to the young patient and did everything possible to give her treatment and care."

– East of England Ambulance Service
Summer Grant from Norwich died in 2016 Credit: ITV News Anglia

Summer Grant was killed after a bouncy castle that had not been properly secured to the ground blew away at an Easter fair in Harlow, Essex, a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

Married fairground workers William Thurston, 29, and Shelby Thurston, 26, from Wilburton near Ely were jailed for three years in June after they were both found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and of a health and safety offence.

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