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Bail extended over artwork deaths
Claire Furmedge and Elizabeth Collings
Claire Furmedge and Elizabeth Collings were killed
Police have extended the bail of an artist whose inflatable sculpture collapsed and killed two women.

Elizabeth Collings, 68, and Claire Furmedge, 38, died when the Dreamspace artwork was blown 100ft into the air at Chester-le-Street on 23 July 2006.

Maurice Agis, 74, arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, had been due to answer bail this week, but this has now been extended until the end of November.

A joint police investigation with the Health and Safety Executive continues.

Another 13 people were hurt when the artwork was lifted into the air at Riverside Park.

Ms Furmedge was a mother-of-two and Ms Collings was a grandmother. Both were on the artwork with young relatives, none of whom were seriously hurt.

Three-year-old Rosie Wright, who was badly injured when she was crushed by the sculpture, has since made a full recovery.

In July, one year after the tragedy, a memorial ceremony was held at the Riverside Park.




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