Fingertip search at Gorleston as trampoline is taken away
PUBLISHED: 14:00 03 July 2018 | UPDATED: 14:00 03 July 2018
Forensic teams carried out an extensive finger tip search at Gorleston beach this morning as more people laid flowers and read poignant messages for the young victim of Sunday’s tragedy.
Investigators were seen on their hands and knees combing the sands for evidence in a bid to work out what happened.
Ava-May Littleboy, aged three, from Somersham, near Ipswich, died after being thrown from an inflatable trampoline at the Bounce About play area on Sunday morning.
She was described by her family who have set up a Just Giving page as a “little angel” whose “laugh and smile could light up even the darkest of rooms.”
This morning a team of six people including some from the police, the Health and Safety Executive, and Great Yarmouth Borough Council, probed the apparatus taking measurements and photographs.
Some items were taken away in evidence bags.
The inflatable trampoline was then rolled up to be taken away.
Stakes at the scene mark its footprint.
Meanwhile as fun-seekers continued to fly kites and set up their wind breaks others watched on quietly as the investigators did their job.
Dozens of floral tributes, cuddly toys and messages have been laid at the scene - many by strangers touched by the tragedy that has left Gorleston in mourning.
One woman, a holiday maker from Essex who is staying at Vauxhall Holiday Park, brought her young son to lay a bouquet.
She said her children had been playing on inflatable equipment across the river in Great Yarmouth at the time of the accident and that she was devastated to hear of the tragedy.
She added that her sister ran a bouncy castle company in Essex and no longer wanted anything to do with it.
“While I was here I needed to pay my respects,” she said.
“It would not have felt right to be five minutes away and not come over.”