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Pair held over death of girl thrown from inflatable trampoline

Two people have been arrested on suspicion of gross negligence manslaughter in connection with the death of a three-year-old girl after she was thrown from an inflatable trampoline.

Ava-May Littleboy, from Suffolk, died in hospital after the incident on the beach at Gorleston-on-Sea, Norfolk, on 1 July.

Norfolk police said a woman and a man who have been arrested are both in their 40s and from the Great Yarmouth area, and are awaiting questioning.

Police said witnesses reported hearing a loud bang before the trampoline apparently burst. A postmortem concluded that Ava-May died of a head injury.

In a tribute issued through police, her family said: “She was not your ordinary little girl, as anyone she met she would leave a lasting impression on.

“Anyone that met her would not want to forget her. Her infectious laugh and smile could light up even the darkest of rooms.”

The government has been urged to consider a temporary ban on inflatables in public spaces. The call comes from the Conservative MP Robert Halfon, whose Harlow constituency was where Summer Grant, seven, was fatally injured when a bouncy castle blew away with her inside in 2016. However, the owner of one bouncy castle firm condemned the MP for his “kneejerk reaction”.

Three days after Ava-May’s death, Havant borough council, in Hampshire, announced it was banning the use of bouncy castles or inflatables at any events on its land.

The local authority said that while the death of Summer was down to “a manageable risk”, namely the inflatable being insufficiently moored, the cause of the incident which led to Ava-May’s death had not been established and was therefore unmanageable.

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