Tributes left at beach where girl died in inflatable trampoline fall

Tributes have been left to a little girl who died after she was thrown from an inflatable trampoline at a busy tourist beach.

Monday, 2nd July 2018, 12:26 pm
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 4:59 pm
Floral tributes left at Gorleston beach in Norfolk where a girl was fatally thrown from an inflatable on Sunday, as an MP calls for bouncy castles to be temporarily banned in public areas

The youngster, who has not been named by police, was injured in Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk, on Sunday morning.

According to some eyewitness accounts, the inflatable exploded, flinging the girl into the air.

She later died at the James Paget Hospital.

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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

A growing number of teddy bears and bunches of flowers have been left against a metal perimeter fence encircling an area of the beach where the deflated inflatable was still in place on Monday morning.

A uniformed officer placed tributes brought to the scene behind police tape.

One tribute read: “Taken too soon. Thinking of all your family. Such a sad loss. Sleep tight angel.”

A second said: “Rest in paradise little one X”

Norfolk Police said officers were called to “reports a child had been thrown from an inflatable trampoline” at around 11.15am on Sunday.

A joint investigation between police, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local council is under way.

It said the girl’s next of kin are being supported by specialist officers.

A Home Office post-mortem examination was due to take place on Monday to determine the cause of her death.

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 - wants politicians to consider a temporary ban on inflatables in public spaces.

He said he has written to the Speaker of the House of Commons requesting an urgent question on the matter on Monday.

Any witnesses to the Gorleston incident who have not yet spoken to the police, or anyone who may have captured the incident on their phone or camera, is asked to call Norfolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.