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Last Updated: Monday, 7 June, 2004, 07:52 GMT 08:52 UK
Fair ride investigation under way
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The Paratrooper is similar to the Big Wheel ride
An investigation is under way after 13 people were injured at a funfair in north London when a ride suffered a mechanical breakdown.

Seven ambulances and three doctors were sent to the fair near Alexandra Palace on Sunday after reports that a ride, called the Paratrooper, had failed.

Some of the injured have broken limbs and head injuries, but none are said to be in a life-threatening condition.

The site remains closed while the investigation is carried out.

'Devastated'

The Paratrooper, which rotates and spins on a central axis, has been described as similar to the big wheel by John Manning who runs the fair.

He said he was devastated at the accident, which is said to be the first in 86 years since the event has been held at Alexandra Palace.

The injured, who were aged from nine to early twenties, were taken to the North Middlesex and the Whittington Hospitals.

It is not known whether those injured included spectators.

The accident happened at about 1650 BST on Sunday.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating.


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