Schoolgirl dies in bouncy castle horror!

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This is the seven-year-old girl who tragically died after strong winds blew a bouncy castle more than 150m across a park in Essex while she was trapped inside.

Summer Grant was taking part in an Easter celebration at Harlow Town Park, in Harlow, organised by Thurston Fun Fairs when a ‘strong gust of wind’ blew it off its moorings.

The girl, from Norwich, was rushed to hospital with serious injuries, but was later confirmed to have died.

Essex Police confirmed a 24-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, both from Cambridgeshire, have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence and remain in police custody.

It is the second bouncy castle disaster at Harlow Town Park in less than a year, after another collapsed with children inside in May 2015.

Tributes for the schoolgirl have been flooding in following the incident, as family and friends struggle to come to terms with the shattering loss.

This afternoon, a tearful family spokesman spoke from the doorstep of a terraced house in Harlow less than two miles from the park.

He spoke only to say the family are ‘devastated’ and asked for time to mourn Summer’s loss.

A neighbour added: ‘It’s heartbreaking. I couldn’t imagine it – that poor family. They’re going to need time.’

Among the tributes at the park’s entrance is an Easter basket while another card on a bunch of flowers reads: ‘God has taken a beautiful girl for his angel. RIP Princess.’

Floral tributes are being left by families at the gate to Harlow Town Park. One read poignantly: ‘God has taken a beautiful girl for his angel. RIP Princess.’

The father of one little girl who left an Easter Bunny mug at the scene said simply: ‘It is too much for me to even bear thinking about.’

It is believed the dome-shaped inflatable carrying the girl blew over a number of trailers and caravans in the park and landed down a hill.

Ray Smith, a representative of the Showmans’ Guild of Great Britain, said the tragedy was due to a ‘sudden gust’.

He said: ‘Had it been a consistent wind they would have closed down all the inflatables.’


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