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Drayton Manor closed for third day after death of girl, 11

Evha Jannath fell from a raft on the Splash Canyon ride. Credit: Staffordshire Police

Drayton Manor is to remain closed for a third day, following the death of an 11-year-old girl at the theme park on Tuesday after she fell from a water ride.

Evha Jannath from Leicester was on a school trip from the Jameah Girls Academy when she fell out of a raft on the Splash Canyon ride.

The year six pupil was airlifted to hospital following the incident, but died after being taken to Birmingham Children's Hospital.

The Splash Canyon ride where Evha Jannath fell into the water. Credit: Tristan Potter/SWNS

The park said it would remain closed on Friday to "allow the Health and Safety Executive to complete their work".

They continued: "Our thoughts continue to be with the family and all those who have been affected by Tuesday’s incident."


Police officer 'seriously injured' in HGV driver chase

A police officer is in a "stable and comfortable" condition after being seriously injured during a chase with the driver of a "suspicious" lorry.

The officer was hurt after being struck by a passing car on the A5 in Staffordshire as he backed away from the driver who was threatening him with a tree branch.

The officer had given chase to the HGV driver after he fled when the policeman had attempted to pull him over.

The Staffordshire Police officer was taken to hospital with serious chest and leg injuries.

A force spokesman said: "The police officer from Tamworth police station has been taken to hospital with suspected serious leg and chest injuries.

"His family have been taken to hospital and colleagues are providing support to them."

The suspect, described as a 6ft white man who was slim, then carjacked a silver Ford Fiesta in a traffic jam.

The car was later found abandoned near a social club in nearby Pelsall, but officers have not arrested the suspect.

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