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Boy hit by fairground ride dies


Fairground accident kills boy

A two-year-old boy has died after being hit by a fairground ride in north London.

Police said the toddler was killed in an accident at Ducketts Common in Turnpike Lane on Tuesday.

It is thought the toddler managed to leave the bouncy castle where he was playing and get on to the rails of the Go-Gator ride where he was struck.

The boy was with his father when he was injured, police said. He was taken to hospital but died on arrival.

Ray Smith, a spokesman for the funfair, said: "Nobody saw the little boy until the train hit him.

Every child that goes to a funfair should come home from the funfair
Ray Smith

"The emergency brake was applied but it was too late.

"Every child that goes to a funfair should come home from the funfair."

He added that the Manning family who run the fair had been in the business for 150 years.

"They have never had a serious injury in all that time," he said.

The Health and Safety Executive is investigating and will look at how the boy managed to get past a fence separating the ride from the bouncy castle.

No arrests

A post-mortem examination is due to take place. No-one has been arrested.

Police said the fairground was closed after the incident.

Local resident Graham Harper said security staff surrounded the area after the accident.

He said: "There were lots of fairground security looking over various barriers to get to someone on the tracks.

"I couldn't tell whether it was a child, but I assumed it was because I saw a man that was clearly very distressed."

A HSE inspector visited the scene after being alerted by the local authority at about 2100 BST on Tuesday.

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