Gloucestershire

Zorb balls destroyed after Gloucester party children fall ill

Child playing in zorb ball (stock image) and picture of rash Image copyright Thinkstock
Image caption Eight children developed blisters and rashes following the zorbing party at Gloucester Leisure Centre

Eight children have developed rashes and blisters after using zorb balls with "abnormal levels of bacteria" at a birthday party.

They had attended the event at Gloucester Leisure Centre - known as GL1 - and used the inflatable balls that people climb inside.

The centre said it was aware a "group of children have been taken ill" and the zorb balls had been destroyed.

One parent, Natalie Oakley, said her daughter developed a "severe rash".

She said her daughter's experience, at the end of January, has been "horrendous...simply because of inadequate cleaning".

"What should have been a brilliant two hours of her life at the party has turned out to be now 12 days of misery," she added.

In a statement GL1 said abnormal levels of bacteria had been found in the balls.

It said: "We are co-operating with an investigation being undertaken with the local authority environmental health team and have decommissioned the equipment in use as part of the relevant activity."

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