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Trial of Cambridgeshire fairground workers accused of causing death of girl crushed by bouncy castle begins

Two fairground employees from Cambridgeshire who allegedly caused the death of a seven-year-old girl who was crushed on a bouncy castle will face the first day of their trial tomorrow (Tuesday).

William Thurston, 28 and Shelby Thurston, 25, from Wilburton near Ely, deny charges of manslaughter and failing to discharge health and safety duties.

Summer Grant suffered serious injuries while playing on the inflatable at a funfair in Harlow, Essex, on March 26, 2016.

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The inflatable circus superdome was swept 'some distance' before the youngster from Norwich was rushed to Princess Alexandra Hospital.

Summer died a few hours later.

The self-employed fairground employees are jointly accused of gross negligence manslaughter and failing to reduce the risks of the inflatable blowing away.

Summer Grant died in a bouncy castle accident in 2016 (Image: SWNS)

John Williams, representing both defendants at a previous court hearing, said jurors would hear from expert witnesses including meteorologists and engineers during the trial.

Both defendants were previously released on bail on the condition that they continue to reside at their address in Wilburton, Cambridgeshire, where they both live.

It is understood that the trial, held at Chelmsford Crown Court, will see jurors sworn in today (Monday) but the opening of the case will not be heard until tomorrow (Tuesday).

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Speaking previously 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".

Around 200 people paid tribute to Summer, from Norwich, at a vigil held at Harlow Town Park in April 2016.

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