Conservative MP calls for ‘temporary ban’ on bouncy castles following fatal incident

Conservative MP calls for ‘temporary ban’ on bouncy castles following fatal incident
Tory MP Robert Halgon has called for a temporary ban on bouncy castles (Photo: Shutterstock/Twitter)

An MP has called for the temporary ban of bouncy castles in public areas following the death of a young girl thrown from a seaside inflatable.

The child, reportedly three-years-old, was flung into the air following the “explosion” of a bouncy castle, according to eyewitnesses at Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk. Despite the best effort of lifeboat crews and witnesses, the youngster succumbed to ” serious injuries” at James Paget Hospital”.

‘A temporary ban’

Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow, Essex wants politicians to consider a temporary ban.

Halfon’s constituency was the site of a tragedy involving seven-year-old Summer Grant who passed away when a bouncy castle blew free from its moorings in 2016.

He tweeted on Sunday evening: “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.

Current government health and safety instructions require that bouncy castles are inspected on an annual basis to make sure they are still “safe for use”.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) recommend constant supervision of bouncy castles and “strongly recommended that hirers ask for this to be provided as a condition of hire.”

A joint investigation between the HSE, local authority and police has now been launched, following the incident at Gorleston-on-Sea

Tragedy at the seaside

The incident is the latest in a long line of tragic incidents involving bouncy castles.

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