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Harlow bouncy castle child death: Tributes and call for an inquiry

The stories from www.yourharlow.com on the tragic death of a seven-year-old child in Harlow Town Park.

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ESSEX Police remain at the scene of the death of a young girl at Harlow Town Park on Saturday afternoon.

At first light, two officers are on guard at the Easter Fair in the park close to Allende Avenue in Harlow.

A solitary posey of flowers had been laid at the gates.

Later on, many more tributes appeared at the gates to the park.

Many Harlow residents have gone onto social media to express their sorrow.

Cllr Nick Churchill, who is also a member of the Friends of Pets Corner said:

“Desperately sad Easter morning in Harlow.

“The towns thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends.”

Grace Sadler: “Thinking of all of the little girl’s family and friends. RIP.”

Stacy Bain “So sad, thinking of all the family.”

Some residents are holding a two minutes silence at 11am.

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HARLOW MP, Robert Halfon has sent a message of condolence after the traffic death of a seven-year-old girl in the Harlow Town Park.

But the MP has also called for an urgent inquiry in relation to the incident.

Mr Halfon said: “My thoughts and heart go to the family after this terrible tragedy.

“I hope that on Easter Sunday, everyone in Harlow, of any religious faith and none, can say a prayer for the family and make sure they are in our thoughts. I am grateful to Harlow and Essex Police for keeping me informed last night as to what has occurred and the actions they are taking.

“I would also like to pay tribute to the staff at Pets Corner who, I understand, were on hand to give what support they could.

“This is the second dangerous incident involving a bou‎ncy castle in Harlow within a year.

In the past few hours a number of residents have contacted me asking how this could happen and what is being done.

“I will be asking the relevant authorities to start an urgent inquiry as to how this tragedy happened, and to find out who is responsible, especially given events last year, and to consider whether bouncy castles such as this should be banned from Harlow Town fairs, until we can be sure that they are completely safe, so such a horrific tragedy never happens again.

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DETECTIVES have launched an investigation after a girl died following an incident in Harlow Town Park in Edinburgh Way on Saturday, March 26.

The girl, who is believed to be aged 7 and from Norwich, was taken to Princess Alexandra Hospital by ambulance just before 5pm after sustaining serious injuries whilst on a bouncy castle. She sadly died a few hours later.

Detectives from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate are leading this investigation and would like to speak to anybody who has any information or who witnessed the incident.

Detective Inspector Daniel Stoten said: “This is a very tragic incident where a young girl has lost her life. My deepest sympathies go out to her family.

“We are trying to establish the circumstances surrounding how the girl came to be injured and I urge anyone who was at the event and witnessed the incident to contact me.”

Officers are aware of video footage of the scene being circulated and ask anyone who captured the incident on camera to get in touch.

If you can help with any details please contact DI Daniel Stoten on 0300 333 4444 and quote incident number 737 of March 26 or email scdappeals@essex.pnn.police.uk. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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.

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THE LEADER of Harlow Council has sent his condolences to the family of the little girl who died in Harlow Town Park on Saturday afternoon.

Councillor Jon Clempner, Leader of Harlow Council, said: “Harlow is a town in shock following this tragic incident yesterday (26 March 2016). I can’t imagine the heartache of the parents and family of the little girl who has died, and my thoughts are with them.

The Police will be conducting a thorough investigation, in conjunction with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). The Council will work closely with them, and the Great Parndon Community Association (GPCA) who organised the fair, to help understand the circumstances leading up to this tragic event.”

Whilst investigations are taking place it would be inappropriate for the Council to comment any further at this stage.

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