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Dad chased bouncy castle as it blew girl to her death

Tragedy: Police at the fairground where an inflatable carrying seven-year-old Summer ‘flew into air’ PIC: EASTNEWS PRESS

A SEVEN-YEAR-OLD girl died after a bouncy castle blew ‘30 to 50ft in the air’ with her inside it while her father desperately gave chase, a court heard.

Summer Grant was with her family at an Easter fair in Essex in March 2016 when the inflatable was blown away.

Her father Lee Grant said she had been on the waltzer in Harlow Town Park with her sister Lily, five, and then got on the castle.

Swept over field: Summer Grant PIC: SWNS

‘I just heard my mum scream “no” and within seconds it blew away,’ said Mr Grant. ‘I remember it blowing over a caravan and kept on going over the field. I started running after it.

‘It was 30 to 50ft in the air and just rolling. I think it hit a tree. It came to a halt when it hit the fence.’

Mr Grant told Chelmsford crown court: ‘I couldn’t find her. I couldn’t find the entrance as it had deflated by the time it reached the end.’ Summer was taken to hospital where she died from her injuries.

Tracy Ayling QC, prosecuting, said a yellow weather warning was in place that day, when gusts had reached 35 to 40mph.

Weather warning: The bouncy castle blew from the fair (red circle) and ended up across a field (blue circle) PIC: EASTNEWS PRESS

Fairground worker William Thurston, 29, and wife Shelby Thurston, 26, both deny manslaughter by gross negligence and a health and safety offence.

Prosecutors say the couple, of Wilburton, Cambridgeshire, failed to ensure the bouncy castle was ‘adequately anchored’ and failed to monitor weather conditions to ensure it was safe to use.

The trial continues.

Manslaughter charge: Shelby and William Thurston