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Investigations at Gorleston beach tragedy site expected to conclude today

PUBLISHED: 09:54 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:55 03 July 2018

Ava-May Littleboy, who died after being thrown from a trampoline in Gorleston.

Ava-May Littleboy, who died after being thrown from a trampoline in Gorleston.

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Police say they expect the cordon at Gorleston beach where a young child died to be lifted later today.

The scene at Gorleston where police cordoned off an area of the beach. Photo: Amy SmithThe scene at Gorleston where police cordoned off an area of the beach. Photo: Amy Smith

Experts from around the country are due to comb the scene as investigations into the death of a three-year-old girl on an inflatable trampoline continue.

The investigation is being coordinated by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) and police, with the borough council expected to send an environmental health officer to the scene to advise.

Police were called to Lower Esplanade on Sunday at around 11.15am following reports a child had been thrown from inflatable play equipment.

The child was named last night as Ava-May Littleboy, from Somersham in Suffolk.

The scene at Gorleston where police cordoned off an area of the beach. Photo: Amy SmithThe scene at Gorleston where police cordoned off an area of the beach. Photo: Amy Smith

A Just Giving webpage has now been set up for Ava-May, who died from her injuries at James Paget Hospital, by Abbie Littleboy.

The page description said: “On 1st July 2018, 3 year old Ava-May Littleboy tragically lost her life after a bouncy castle exploded on Gorleston beach.

“Her family would like to kindly ask for donations to help fund a child’s bench in memory of Ava that will be put in her local park of Somersham, Suffolk.”

The page was looking to raise £1,500, but has raised more than £6,300 with more than 500 people making pledges.

Ava-May’s aunts have led tributes. Laura Reid posted on Facebook: “I will love you always and forever. Sleep tight my little angel.”

Abbie Littleboy also posted on Facebook: “Please take a read of our story and help raise money for our beautiful angel.”

Supt Roger Wiltshire from Norfolk Police said: “My understanding is that the mother had a conversation with the stall holder and the child went on the equipment.

“The trampoline was designed just for one person to use and she was the only person there at the time. As far as I understand her mother was watching nearby,

“I am a dad myself and I cannot imagine what the family are going through.

“You go to a place like Gorleston for a day out and then this happens.”

He added that investigations at the site were expected to conclude today.

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