Fairground accident prompts changes

Children are having to queue to get on rides in a safety clampdown at a Norfolk fairground.The change was introduced at the Wroxham Barns complex in the wake of a recent accident.

Children are having to queue to get on rides in a safety clampdown at a Norfolk fairground.

The change was introduced at the Wroxham Barns complex in the wake of a recent accident.

Youngsters used to be able to get on to two of the rides and wait for them to start. But the queuing system has been brought into after a mother was hurt rescuing her two-year-old son from a merry-go-round which started without warning. Emily Sinclair suffered cuts and bruises to her back, knees and feet as she went to help her toddler Joe.

A faulty switch which led to the accident had been replaced, but following other public feedback and discussions with staff it was also decided to introduce the new system said barns director Ian Russell.

He said many small fairground rides allowed children to board themselves, helped by their parents and not by staff, who were barred from touching the youngsters by law.

But it would be “foolish not to respond” to comments from concerned customers and go further than was required.

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