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Woman critically injured after fairground ride ‘collapses’ at Lambeth Country Show

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June 10, 2024

A woman in her 40s is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a funfair ride malfunctioned in Brockwell Park on Saturday, the Metropolitan Police has said.

A man in his 40s is also being treated for “potentially life-threatening injuries”, the force said.

Emergency services responded at around 6.20pm on Saturday after a fairground ride failed during the first day of the Lambeth Country Show.

Four people, including an 11-year-old girl, were taken to hospital.

A ride topped with a giant frog was among those that could be seen behind tall black fencing on Sunday.

Signs saying “apologies for any inconvenience, this ride will not open today” were pinned to wire fencing which circles the fairground area.

A police spokesperson said: “Following a full assessment by medics, a woman in her 40s remains in hospital with life-threatening injuries. A man in his 40s, is also receiving ongoing treatment for potentially life-changing injuries.

“The man in his 50s and the 11-year-old girl have both been discharged from hospital. Officers have attended the scene today alongside the Health and Safety Executive as inquiries continue to establish the full circumstances.”

The Lambeth Country Show reopened on Sunday, but rides remained cordoned off.

An investigation into the incident, led by the Met Police and Health and Safety Executive, is underway, Lambeth Council said.

A spokesperson added: “Very sadly a funfair ride at the country show malfunctioned yesterday evening injuring four people.

“They are being cared for in hospital and our thoughts are with them.

“We thank the emergency services for their swift response at the country show yesterday and for the support they are providing to the affected families.

“Following this incident, and to allow a full investigation, funfair rides at the show will be impacted by closures for the second day of the country show.”

The council-organised show has been running as a free community event in Brockwell Park since 1974.

Annually it attracts more than 120,000 people across the weekend.

Helen Hayes, the Labour parliamentary candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood, posted on X, formerly Twitter, on Saturday evening: “I’m shocked to learn of the failure of a fairground ride at Lambeth Country Show earlier this evening.

“My thoughts are with those who were injured and all who witnessed this horrific event.

“Thank you to the emergency services who attended.

“There must now be an urgent investigation.”

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