Seven children injured in inflatable slide collapse discharged from hospital

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Seven of the eight children taken to hospital after an inflatable slide collapsed during a fireworks night event in Surrey have been discharged, police said.

The children had reportedly suffered ‘potentially serious injuries’ when the inflatable collapsed at around 7.30pm on Saturday.

In a statement this morning, Surrey Police said: ‘Following last night’s evacuation of Woking Park after children fell from an inflatable slide, we are pleased to update that seven of the eight victims were discharged overnight.

Undated handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter account of @AndyDatsonWT of an inflatable slide that is believed to have collapsed at a fireworks funfair in Woking Park, Surrey. Six children are being treated for "potentially serious injuries". PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday November 3, 2018. See PA story POLICE Woking. Photo credit should read: Andy Datson/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

The inflatable slide that is believed to have collapsed at a fireworks funfair in Woking Park, Surrey (Picture: PA)

‘The eighth victim was kept in overnight for observations, but his injuries are not thought to be significant.

‘The investigation will now sit with the Health and Safety Executive.’

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At the time Surrey Police declared a major incident after ‘a number of children fell from the slide’.

One parent, Carl Baccus, told BBC Radio 5 Live that his five-year-old son asked to go on the slide when they arrived at the event, but he refused because it looked ‘so dangerous’.

He said he could see ‘at least 20’ children on the slide and his ‘parental instinct’ told him it was a bad idea.

Air Ambulance leaving Woking fire work display after Up to six children seriously hurt after inflatable slide collapses Woking, Surrey 3rd November 2018

The Air Ambulance was called to the scene (Picture: SWNS)

Undated handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter account of @AndyDatsonWT of police officers at the scene where six children are being treated for "potentially serious injuries" after an inflatable slide is believed to have collapsed at a fireworks funfair in Woking Park, Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday November 3, 2018. See PA story POLICE Woking. Photo credit should read: Andy Datson/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Officers at the scene where it was thought eight children had ‘potentially serious injuries’ (Picture: PA)

Undated handout photo taken with permission from the Twitter account of @AndyDatsonWT of emergency services at the scene where six children are being treated for "potentially serious injuries" after an inflatable slide is believed to have collapsed at a fireworks funfair in Woking Park, Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday November 3, 2018. See PA story POLICE Woking. Photo credit should read: Andy Datson/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Woking Park remains sealed off today after the incident during the busy fireworks night event (Picture: PA)

An eyewitness also described seeing ‘about 40 children’ on the slide, which is about 30ft (9m) high when fully inflated.

The deflated inflatable remains in place at Woking Park, which has been sealed off after Saturday night’s incident.

Police are appealing for anyone who witnessed the incident, or has video or pictures of what happened, to make contact with Surrey Police via 101, or surrey.police.uk/ReportIt, quoting reference PR/P18262524.

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