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Staffordshire student left injured after being hit by piece of fairground ride

A Staffordshire student was left needing hospital treatment after being injured on a fairground ride.

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Caitlin Colclough, from Kidsgrove in Stoke-on-Trent, was on a ride called "Superstar" at the Chester University Chestival event on Wednesday, March 27 when she was hit by a panel which had broken off from the ride.

The 19-year-old was inside one of the two cartloads that were hit before the panel, which broke free of the central part of the spinning ride, hit the ground, sending shards of glass flying, while Caitlin was left with concussion and whiplash.

The annual spring festivities at Chestival, a day of activities and entertainment arranged by Chester Students’ Union, had been underway for just over an hour when part of the ride broke free.

The event continued after the incident, but the ride was shut down, while Chester Students’ Union said it had informed the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and that the ride was provided by an external operator.

A spokesman for North West Ambulance Service said: "Two ambulances attended following a call at 3.10pm

"There were no serious injuries, and only one person was taken to the hospital."

The Health and Safety Executive have been contacted for a comment.

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