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Guilty verdict in bouncy castle tragedy trial

William and Shelby Thurston Credit: PA Images

Two married fairground workers have been found guilty of the gross negligence manslaughter of a little girl who died after a bouncy castle blew away with her inside it.

Seven-year-old Summer Grant died in hospital after she was rescued from the inflatable at an Easter fair in Harlow, Essex, on March 26 2016.

William Thurston, 29, and his wife Shelby Thurston, 26, were found guilty by majority verdict at Chelmsford Crown Court today.

Jury instructed they can return majority verdict

Summer Grant died after a bouncy castle blew away

The jury in the trial of two married fairground workers who are charged with the gross negligence manslaughter of a little girl who died after a bouncy castle blew away with her inside it have been told by the judge this morning that they can return a majority verdict.

Seven-year-old Summer Grant died in hospital after she was rescued from the inflatable at an Easter fair in Harlow, Essex, on March 26 2016, a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court heard.

William Thurston, 29, and his wife Shelby Thurston, 26, both deny manslaughter by gross negligence and a health and safety offence.

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Labour hold Harlow Council with increased majority

Labour how increased their majority on Harlow Council. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Labour have increased their majority on Harlow Council after UKIP lost both their seats.

The Conservative also made one gain.

Labour have had an overall majority in Harlow since 2012 and the Conservatives ran the council between 2008 and 2012.

The Conservatives beat Labour by just one vote in Staple Tye ward which was once held by the UKIP.

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Paralympian meets Care Minister over Changing Places campaign

Anne Wafula Strike MBE (right) with Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP (centre) and campaigner Lorna Fillingham (left) Credit: Changing Places

Anne Wafula Strike, a paralympian athlete from Harlow, has met the Care Minister Caroline Dinenage MP to press for better toilet facilities for people with severe disabilities.

On 20th February Anne Wafula Strike and fellow campaigner Lorna Fillingham handed in a petition to Downing Street calling for Changing Places toilets, with adult changing bench and hoist, to be made compulsory in larger public buildings as part of planning and building regulations.

"We provided her with evidence that disabled people are being changed on toilet floors and left in soiled pads when visiting outpatient appointments and other healthcare settings. We have told her that action needs to be taken to address this, and have asked for feedback on any action planned as a result of that meeting."

– Anne Wafula Strike

The MP for Harlow, Robert Halfon, has also set up an Early Day Motion for the issue to be debated in Parliament.

Teenager charged after boy stabbed in Harlow

A 16-year-old boy from Harlow in Essex has been charged with wounding with intent after another teenage boy was stabbed in the town.

The incident took place on Hodings Road in the little Pardon area of the town in the early hours of Saturday 3 March.

The boy will appear before magistrates in Chelmsford on Monday, March 5.

A second 16-year-old boy who was also arrested has been released under investigation.

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