Investigation underway into bouncy castle incident

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The bouncy castle which blew away in the wind with three children on it has been confiscated for examination by environmental health officers while one of the injured youngsers remains in hospital.

Scarborough Borough Council’s officers are currently investigating, under health and safety legislation, following the incident at the White House pub on Sunday afternoon where families were celebrating a double christening.

The seven year old boy who suffered serious injuries including a fractured femur, a broken arm and a fractured rib and punctured lung is still in James Cook hospital.

His nine year-old brother had a leg injury and a seven year old girl suffered head injuries and concussion.

They were both treated at Scarborough Hospital but have since been discharged.

SBC confirmed it has taken possession of the equipment which is being securely stored pending further examination and officers are currently undertaking interviews with all relevant parties.

Coun Bill Chatt, Scarborough Borough Council’s Cabinet Member with responsibility for Housing, Property Maintenance, Public Health and Sustainability said: “Our thoughts are with the families of the children who were hurt on Sunday and we hope they all make a full recovery as soon as possible.

“The council would like to remind operators to ensure the safe use of inflatables such as bouncy castles.

“The Health and Safety Executive has previously issued guidance on the safe use and operation of this type of play equipment, which includes a section on their use during periods of high winds.

“Operators of this type of equipment have a clear responsibility to ensure it is being used in a safe manner.”