A council has banned bouncy castles and inflatables on its land following the death of a three-year-old girl.
Havant Borough Council, in Hampshire, made the announcement after the death of Ava-May Littleboy, three, who was killed when the inflatable trampoline she was playing on at a beach in Norfolk appeared to explode.
No similar incidents have been recorded in Havant, but a council spokesman says the authority will ban the use of bouncy castles until the cause of the incident is known.
“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 spokesman said.
Ava-May was the only person on the trampoline when, according to witnesses, it burst with a loud bang.
Police do not know the cause of the apparent explosion, which happened in Gorleston-on Sea, and say they are investigating.
It came a month after two fairground workers were prosecuted over the death of Summer Grant, seven, who died when the bouncy castle she was on blew away.
Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow, Essex, where Summer was from, wants politicians to consider a temporary ban.
“After two horrific tragedies, government need to look at update of regulations and inspection regime and consider a temporary ban on bouncy castles in public areas until we can be sure that they are safe,” he tweeted.
His request for an urgent question in parliament was rejected, however.
Ava-May’s family have paid tribute to their daughter’s “infectious laugh and smile”.
“She was not your ordinary little girl, as anyone she met she would leave a lasting impression on,” they said. “Anyone that met her would not want to forget her.”