Harlow MP Robert Halfon quizzes PM Theresa May on bouncy castles

HARLOW MP Robert Halfon rose on the floor of the House of Commons to ask the Prime Minister, Theresa May whether she would support a temporary ban on bouncy castles.

This comes as a council in Hampshire has banned bouncy castles and other inflatables on its land following the death of a three-year-old girl in Norfolk.

Ava-May Littleboy suffered a fatal head injury when she was thrown from an inflatable trampoline which “exploded” at Gorleston Beach.

Havant Borough Council said it had not had any incidents, but it would impose the action until the inquiry was over.

The prime minister was asked on Wednesday to bring in a temporary ban.

The calls came following the deaths both of Ava-May and Summer Grant, of Norwich, killed in Harlow, in 2016.

Harlow’s Conservative MP Robert Halfon said he had been contacted by the grandmother of the seven-year-old who died when a bouncy castle blew away in his constituency.

Mr Halfon told the Commons he was also contacted by parents around the country who said their children had been hurt in similar circumstances.

Mrs May offered her condolences to the families of Ava-May and Summer and said she “shared his concerns” about the “tragic” incidents.

“If any findings emerge from the investigation then the necessary recommendations to improve safety will be shared,” she said.

A Havant Borough Council spokesman said: “It has been decided that until the reason for the explosion of the bouncy castle has been identified, such that the risk can be properly managed by the event organiser, Havant Borough Council will not permit the use of bouncy castles or inflatables at any events taking place on its land.

“The position will be reviewed once the outcome of the inquiry into the cause of the explosion of the bouncy castle is known.”

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2 Responses to "Harlow MP Robert Halfon quizzes PM Theresa May on bouncy castles"

  1. jarrett   July 8, 2018 at 4:26 pm

    Good idea Bob but get a move on as you may be out of a job after traitor May sold out the UK and ignored17 million people.

  2. Brett Hawksbee   July 11, 2018 at 2:28 pm

    This was not a bouncy castle. It was a bounce pillow/trampoline. A bouncy castle leaks air like a sieve, and has a constant fan supplying replacement air. The Trampoline/bounce pillow type is inflated to a higher pressure, and holds pressure. One could decide to ban both, temporarily, but they are engineered differently and have different risks. A Bouncy Castle will not be exploding however hot it gets … This incident seems to have been caused by the pressure increasing due to the air being heated by baking sun …

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