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A four-year-old girl was critically injured in a fall at Chessington World of Adventures

A four-year-old girl was critically injured in a fall at Chessington World of Adventures

A four-year-old girl was critically injured in a fall at Chessington World of Adventures

A health and safety inspector is visiting a theme park where a four-year-old girl was critically injured following a fall from a bridge.

Jessica Blake, from the Isle of Sheppey, Kent, suffered a fractured skull, a bleed on the brain and broken ribs when she fell around 14ft from the Tomb Blaster ride queue at Chessington World of Adventures in Surrey on Thursday afternoon.

She is being treated at St George's Hospital, south London, and her family are at her side. She remains in a critical condition.

The Health and Safety Executive said that the inspector will be on site and is "making initial inquiries" into the incident.

A spokeswoman for Chessington said its own internal investigation was also taking place and the ride remains closed, although the park is open.

Initial inspections are focused on a fence panel which lines the ride's queue, she said.

She explained that Chessington's fully trained medical staff were on site immediately and administered direct care to the child until ambulance teams arrived and she was then taken to hospital in a conscious state.

"Until all investigations have concluded we are also not in a position to comment further," she added.

"We are in touch with the family, and in line with their wishes will now await further news.

"Our thoughts and best wishes are with them at this difficult time."

PA