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.

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