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Fairground workers to stand trial today over the death of schoolgirl Summer Grant

PUBLISHED: 09:10 17 April 2018 | UPDATED: 10:08 17 April 2018

Seven-year-old Summer Grant, from Hellesdon, who died in 2016.
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Seven-year-old Summer Grant, from Hellesdon, who died in 2016. Photo: supplied by Scala

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Two fairground workers charged with the manslaughter of Norwich schoolgirl Summer Grant are due to stand trial today.

Seven-year-old Summer Grant, from Hellesdon, who died in 2016.Seven-year-old Summer Grant, from Hellesdon, who died in 2016.

Seven-year-old Summer, a Valley Primary Academy pupil from Hellesdon, died from multiple injuries after a strong gust of wind apparently swept the bouncy castle she was playing on across a park in Harlow, Essex, on March 26 2016.

Fairground workers Shelby Thurston, 25, and 28-year-old William Thurston, of Whitecross Road, Wilburton, Cambridgeshire, have both denied manslaughter and a health and safety offence.

The trial begins today (April 17) at Chelmsford Crown Court and is expected to last three weeks.

David Jones, of Norwich-based law firm Morgan Jones Pett Solicitors, who represent Summer’s family, said: “The family have faced an agonising wait for the criminal prosecution to take place.

“They remain deeply distressed by the loss of their bright, beautiful and loving little girl. This is an extremely anxious time for them all.”

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