Teenage boy dies in funfair incident
A teenage boy has died at a fair on the Kent coast.
Emergency services were called to Pencester Gardens in Dover in the early hours of Wednesday.
The site was hosting the Family Funfair run by Kent-based Forrest Amusements which, according to a poster, was due to open to the public on Wednesday.
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is investigating the circumstances of the incident, which Kent Police said was “not suspicious”.
A South East Coast Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We were called at 7.42am this morning to a serious incident at Pencester Gardens in Dover.
“We immediately dispatched a number of clinical resources to the scene, including our Hart team and critical care paramedics; however, sadly, a teenage boy was pronounced as deceased at the scene.”
A Kent Police spokesman said: “Kent Police was called by South East Coast Ambulance Service after a teenage boy suffered injuries at a funfair site in Pencester Gardens, Dover, at 7.45am on Wednesday 3 August 2022.
“Officers attended, along with Kent Fire and Rescue Service, and the boy was pronounced deceased at the scene.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner.”
Incident at Pencester Gardens, Dover:
“We were called at 7.42am this morning to a serious incident at Pencester Gardens in Dover.
We immediately dispatched a number of clinical resources to the scene, however, sadly, a teenage boy was pronounced as deceased at the scene.” pic.twitter.com/vqUuBC9rqy
— South East Coast Ambulance (@SECAmbulance) August 3, 2022
An HSE spokesman said: “HSE is assisting emergency services with their response.”
A spokesman for Forrest Amusements declined to comment, but said the company would be issuing a statement later.
Its website says it was founded in 1889 and is the largest supplier of funfair attractions in the county.
A witness told the PA news agency that she had seen “three ambulances, a couple of fire trucks and some police vehicles along Pencester Road, which was blocked off. They were saying there had been a fatality, and the entrance to the fair had been cordoned off with tape.”