No charges yet after tragic bouncy castle death of Norfolk girl Summer Grant

A candlelit vigil is held in Harlow Town Park for Summer Grant. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

A candlelit vigil is held in Harlow Town Park for Summer Grant. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY - Credit: SIMON FINLAY

Police have confirmed they have yet to charge anyone in connection with the death of a seven-year-old Norfolk girl when a bouncy castle was blown away more than four months ago.

Summer Grant.

Summer Grant. - Credit: Archant

Two people were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence after the tragedy in which Summer Grant, aged seven, from Hellesdon, died at a funfair at a park in Harlow, Essex.

An inquest opening in April heard the Valley Primary School pupil was fatally injured when a bouncy castle blew away.

She was treated at the scene by paramedics but died later in hospital from multiple injuries after the incident on March 26.

Essex Police confirmed its investigation into the circumstances surrounding Summer's death, which the Health and Safety Executive is helping with, continues.


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A 24-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man, both from Cambridgeshire, were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence following her death.

An Essex Police spokesman said the pair had been rebailed, pending further inquiries, until September

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Following the tragedy, Summer's mother Cara Blackie said she was 'truly heartbroken' at the loss of her 'bright, beautiful and most loving little girl'.

Summer's father Lee Grant described her as 'the most happy, polite and beautiful girl in the world'.

In April, more than 150 people held a candlelit vigil at the park.

Dozens of flowers and tributes, including teddy bears, were placed on one of the gates at the park.

Summer's family were finally able to lay her to rest at the end of May.

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