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Drayton Manor will be prosecuted over death of girl, 11, on Splash Canyon

By Jamie Brassington | Crime | Published:

Drayton Manor will face prosecution over the death of an 11-year-old girl, the Health and Safety Executive has confirmed.

Evha Jannath, inset, who fell from a water ride at Drayton Manor theme park, main

Evha Jannath, from Leicester, died after falling from Drayton Manor's Splash Canyon water ride on May 9, 2017.

Criminal proceedings will take place after an inquest in Evha's death takes place in November.

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The theme park is being prosecuted under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act.

A HSE spokesman said: "A Health and Safety Executive prosecution is being brought following the death of an 11-year-old girl at Drayton Manor theme park.

"On 9 May 2017, Evha Jannath died after falling from the park's Splash Canyon water ride.

"Drayton Manor Parks Ltd of Drayton Manor Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire will face a charge under Section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act.

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"The criminal proceedings have not yet commenced, because an inquest into Evha's death, due to be heard in November, needs to take place first."

Evha, who was one of a party of children on a school trip to the park from Jameah Girls Academy, in Leicester, suffered fatal chest injuries.

She died at Birmingham Children’s Hospital after being rescued from the water by theme park staff.

After her tragic death, Evha's family paid tribute to her by saying: "Evha was a beautiful little girl who was full of love and always smiling.

"Words cannot describe the pain and loss we feel, we are devastated that we will not see our beautiful little girl again."

Jamie Brassington

By Jamie Brassington
Senior Multi-Media Journalist - @JamieB_Star

Senior reporter at the Express & Star. Contact me at jamie.brassington@expressandstar.co.uk.

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