Boy in hospital after fairground fall

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A 14-year-old boy who suffered serious injuries after falling from a fairground ride at a festival remains in a stable condition, a hospital said today.

He was thrown from a ride at the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth Park just before 2.30pm on Saturday.

He was rushed to the nearby Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, where a spokesman today described his condition as "stable".

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said: "The young man sustained potentially life-threatening injuries and our paramedics at the venue worked rapidly to treat and stabilise him.

"Following this, he was rushed to an awaiting trauma team at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage."

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) said it was aware of the incident and was investigating.

A spokesman said: "The Health and Safety Executive is investigating the incident on Saturday afternoon which involved an Orbiter-type fairground ride.

"Part of the ride has been taken from the scene for inspection by Health and Safety Laboratories staff."

Organisers of the two-day rock festival said today that they could make no comment while the HSE investigation was ongoing.



A spokeswoman for Hertfordshire Police said they had a 24-hour presence at the festival and worked with event security during the initial stages of the incident, before handing over to the HSE.

The spokeswoman said a statement from event organisers said: "We are taking this incident extremely seriously. The Health and Safety Executive obviously have been informed.

"Emergency services were on site and dealt with the situation in conjunction with event security and we are liaising with authorities.

"Our thoughts are with the family at this time."

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