Victim of bouncy castle beach tragedy was from Suffolk

A police cordon was in place around the Bounce About play area after the incident at Gorleston beach

A police cordon was in place around the Bounce About play area after the incident at Gorleston beach on Sunday Picture: ANTONY KELLY - Credit: Archant

A three-year-old girl who was tragically killed after a bouncy castle “exploded” on a beach at the weekend was from Suffolk.

A police press conference gave the media further details about the age of the victim and where she was from.

Police rushed to reports of a child being thrown from an inflatable at Gorleston-on-Sea beach, in Norfolk, on Sunday morning, July 2.

She was taken to the James Paget Hospital, but later died from her injuries.

Tributes poured in for the youngster on social media, with many expressing their shock and sadness at the news.

A shop owner, who was working around 30 metres from where the incident happened, described the immediate aftermath.

He said: “I didn’t see what happened but heard a loud bang.

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“I then saw a commotion and people running away.

“Whatever happened it looked like something very sad.”

The girl had been visiting the area with her family, police said.

Norfolk Police said the child, from Suffolk, was with her mother on the beach.

Superintendent Roger Wiltshire said: “We were called to a report of an inflatable trampoline apparently bursting on Gorleston beach, following a call to the ambulance service.

“I’m very sad to report that a three-year-old girl was injured in that incident and subsequently died in hospital.

“The witnesses report a loud bang before the incident but we don’t know at this stage what caused the trampoline to apparently burst and that’s the purpose of the investigation that we will be undertaking over the next day or so.”

He said the inflatable was designed to be used by one person, and she was the only person on it at the time.

Police said experts from as far afield as Wales were assisting with the investigation, and a cordon is likely to remain in place until Tuesday evening.

Supt Wiltshire said the incident was “just unimaginable”.

“I’m a dad myself, and you just can’t imagine what they would be going through,” he said.

“You come to a seaside town like Great Yarmouth and Gorleston for a day out, don’t you, and as a dad, you know, we’ve spent many hours standing by a bouncy castle watching the kids jump up and down.

“It’s just unimaginable.”

He said that the attraction was licensed.

Tributes including teddy bears and bunches of flowers have been piling up against a metal perimeter fence encircling an area of the beach where the deflated inflatable was still in place on Monday morning.

A uniformed officer placed tributes brought to the scene behind police tape.

One tribute read: “Taken too soon. Thinking of all your family. Such a sad loss. Sleep tight angel.”

A second said: “Rest in paradise little one X”

Norfolk Police said officers were called to the scene at around 11.15am on Sunday and a joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and local council is under way.

A Home Office post-mortem examination was due to take place on Monday to determine the cause of the girl’s death.

Any witnesses who have not yet spoken to the police, or anyone who may have captured the incident on their phone or camera, is asked to call Norfolk Police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.