Four injured by fairground ride at Brighton Palace Pier as safety probe

Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Health and safety chiefs have launched an investigation after four people were injured by a fairground ride at Brighton Palace Pier.Police, fire and ambulance crews were scrambled to the East Sussex pier at around 3pm to reports a part of one of the rides had come loose.Emergency services said “initial indications” showed none of the casualties suffered serious injuries. The Health and Safety Executive said it was investigating.The pier operators confirmed a part of one ride, called Air Race, became detached during operations and struck a passer by.A Sussex Police spokesperson said: “Police and other emergency services are attending Brighton Palace Pier after a fairground ride was reported to have failed around 3pm on Monday (April 8).  Emergency Services at Brighton Palace Pier on MondayCredit:Tom Matthews Emergency Services at Brighton Palace Pier on Monday “Initial indications are that four people have sustained injuries that are not thought to be serious at this time.” According to the Brighton Argus, a teenage boy was stretchered from the pier after injuring his leg. South East Coast Ambulance confirmed a youth was taken to hospital with leg injuries.An ambulance spokesman said: “South East Coast Ambulance Service has responded to an incident on Brighton Pier today in which it was reported, at approximately 3pm, that a piece of a ride had come loose. “A male teenager has been taken to hospital with a leg injury. Others were shaken but uninjured.”The Air Race is described as a “thrilling motion ride” on the Brighton Palace Pier website which “replicates the experiences and sensations of an acrobatic airplane flight that will test even the most experienced of thrillseekers”.Anne Ackford, chief executive officer of The Brighton Pier Group, said its own investigation would take place following the incident.She said in a statement: “An incident occurred today when part of one of our rides (Air race) became detached during the ride cycle and a passer by was hit by the part of the ride.”We believe that he is not seriously hurt and has been taken to hospital to ascertain any injury.”The ride has not experienced any issues before and we have been in immediate contact with the manufacturer to ask them to send a team of engineers to investigate.”We take the safety of our customers extremely seriously and will cooperate fully with any investigation.A Health and Safety Executive spokesperson said: “HSE is aware and investigating the incident.”

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