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Girl’s death after being thrown from bouncy castle prompts call for temporary ban

Images of the scene showed an area of the beach, with what appeared to be crumpled canvas and abandoned deck chairs, cordoned off by police.

A young girl has died after being thrown from a seaside bouncy castle, prompting a call for a temporary ban on the inflatables.

Lifeboat crews and nearby witnesses battled in vain to save the “seriously injured” youngster, after the incident on the beach at Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk, on Sunday morning.

Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow, Essex – where seven-year-old Summer Grant was killed when a bouncy castle blew free from its moorings in 2016 – has urged politicians to consider a temporary ban.

He tweeted: “After two horrific tragedies, Government need to look at update of regulations and inspection regime and consider a temporary ban on bouncy castles in public areas until we can be sure that they are safe.”

Mr Halfon has written to the speaker of the House of Commons requesting an urgent question on the matter on Monday.

Officers were called to Lower Esplanade, Gorleston-on-Sea, at about 11.15am on Sunday, Norfolk Constabulary said.

The girl later died in the James Paget Hospital.

The East of England Ambulance Service said it received more than a dozen calls just after 11am.

A spokeswoman said: “The young female was seriously injured and in cardiac arrest on our arrival, and was conveyed to James Paget Hospital. Sadly, despite all the of the efforts and interventions, she was pronounced deceased.

“We would like to thank everyone who rushed to respond the young patient, and did everything possible to give her treatment and care. Our thoughts are with the family at this time.”

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A police cordon at Gorleston beach in Norfolk, after a young girl died after reportedly being thrown from a bouncy castle (Joe Giddens/PA)

Images of the scene showed an area of the beach, with what appeared to be crumpled canvas and abandoned deck chairs, cordoned off by police.

Uniformed officers stood guard by the fenced off area, while others in the background continued to enjoy the beach on the sunny afternoon.

Brandon Lewis, Conservative MP for Great Yarmouth, tweeted: “Absolutely tragic, thoughts are with family & friends, just so sad.”

A joint investigation between the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), local authority and police has been launched into the circumstances around the incident.

The child’s next of kin have been informed.

The incident is the latest in which a fun day out with giant inflatables has turned to tragedy.

Summer Grant was killed after a bouncy castle that had not been properly secured to the ground blew away at an Easter fair in Harlow, Essex, a trial at Chelmsford Crown Court had heard.

Married fairground workers William Thurston, 29, and Shelby Thurston, 26, were jailed for three years in June after they were both found guilty of manslaughter by gross negligence and of a health and safety offence.

An inquest jury in May 2010 ruled the deaths of two County Durham women, who were killed when an inflatable artwork blew away, were accidental.

Elizabeth Anne Collings, 68, and Claire Furmedge, 38, died after the Dreamspace artwork blew free in Chester-le-Street in July 2006.

The huge walk-in structure – half the size of a football pitch – took off in a gust of wind with 20 visitors inside.

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