York & North Yorkshire

Harrogate inflatable slide blows over injuring five

Eyewitness's picture of the collapsed inflatable
Image caption Eyewitnesses said on Twitter that children were among the injured

Five people have been taken to hospital after an inflatable slide was blown over at a car boot sale in North Yorkshire.

The incident happened at Ripley Cricket Club, near Harrogate, at 10:10 BST.

Four of those injured were taken to Harrogate hospital while another was taken to Leeds General Infirmary suffering from chest pains.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said no one was thought to have been critically injured.

'Very scary'

"Officers have seized the slide and investigations are continuing at the scene," he said.

"The Health and Safety Executive has been informed and are also attending the scene of the incident."

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Media captionWitnesses said they saw the inflatable roll over people and stalls

Carmen Williams, who was at the scene, said: "I was sat there in the cafe and in a flash the bouncy castle with two or three children on it just flew over.

"People were screaming and running away from it. It was awful."

Miss Williams said one of the injured people was an elderly woman who was hit on the head by the inflatable.

Another person who was at the cricket ground tweeted: "Very scary to see it getting blown away."

The land is part of the Ripley Castle estate.

A castle spokesman said: "Our sympathy to all those affected by the bouncy castle incident at the Ripley Cricket Club car boot sale on the cricket ground this morning: hope those injured make a swift recovery."

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