Firm fined £100k after human cannonball stuntman's death

A stunt firm has been fined £100,000 for safety breaches following the death of a man during a human cannonball act.

Matthew Cranch, 24, died after the collapse of the safety net which had been supposed to catch him after he had been fired from a cannon mounted on a lorry at the Kent County Showground in Detling in 2011.

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Firm fined £100k after fatal human cannonball stunt

Stuntman Matthew Cranch died after his safety net collapsed

A stunt firm - has been fined - 100 thousand pounds - after a human cannonball stunt - went tragically wrong. Matthew Cranch - died after being fired into the air - at the county showground in Kent.

The director of the company escaped a jail sentence at Maidstone Crown Court today. He was given a 12-month community order. The court heard that a mechanism triggering release of the safety net was not properly set. Derek Johnson reports.

In the report we hear from Tracey Beattie from Maidstone Borough Council.

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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Boss to be sentenced over 'human cannonball' death

Matthew Cranch died after a human cannonball stunt went wrong Credit: Family handout / PA Wire

The director of a stunt company is due to be sentenced in court today in relation to health and safety breaches which led to the death of a 'human cannonball' stuntman.

Matthew Cranch, 24, died after the collapse of the safety net which had been supposed to catch him after he had been fired from a cannon mounted on a lorry at the Kent County Showground in Detling.

The tragic incident happened in front of hundreds of spectators who had gathered for Scott May's Daredevil Stunt Show on 25 April 2011.

In July this year Mr Cranch's boss, Scott May - aged 40 - pleaded guilty at Maidstone Magistrates Court to a health and safety charge. A guilty plea was also entered on behalf of Stunts UK Ltd.

Stunt company director Scott May is to be sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court Credit: Gareth Fuller / PA Wire
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