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Woman left fighting for life and two others seriously injured in fairground ride accident

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Emergency services were called to Cavendish Park in Barrow-in-Furness at 8.30pm on Saturday following reports of three people being injured at the annual Fudstock Festival event. Cumbria Police later confirmed two of those seriously injured were on a ride at the time of the incident, but their injuries were not life-threatening. They were taken to Furness General Hospital, along with a woman in a critical condition, although it is not yet understood how she sustained her injuries.

Police added that officers, paramedics, firefighters and an air ambulance all attended.

They said in a statement last night: “Police were called at 8.30pm this evening (August 28), by North West Ambulance Service, to a report of two females and a male having been injured at Cavendish Park, Barrow.

“Two of the people were reported to have been on a ride at the time that the incident occurred.

“Police, Ambulance, Fire and air ambulance attended the scene.

“One female is described as being in a critical condition.

“The other two have injuries that are serious but not believed to be life threatening.

“They have all been taken to Furness General Hospital.

“A cordon has been placed around the area whilst investigations are ongoing.

“The incident has been referred to the HSE.”

It has not yet been confirmed which ride was involved in the accident.

However the NWE Mail reported the fairground had a Waltzers ride, as well as a number of other inflatable rides and attractions.

The festival caters for people of all ages and has several children’s activities, wellbeing events and music and arts events.

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Fudstock started as a community festival to commemorate resident and father Richard Thorne, also known as Fud.

He is reported to have always wanted to create a festival in his hometown of Barrow.

But he sadly died from bowel cancer in 2018 at the age of 38 and so the festival now raises money for the charity St Mary’s Hospice each year in his memory.

The charity posted a statement on its Facebook page explaining there had been an “incident” on Saturday evening.

It said: “St Mary’s Hospice Management team is aware of an incident at the ‘Fudstock’ event which was taking place tonight on Barrow Island.

“Although we are not directly involved in the organisation or planning of the event, we did have some fundraising staff and volunteers present to represent us.

“We have already been in touch with them, and the event’s organisers, to offer any immediate support they may need.

“We will be available to them to help in any way we can.”

Chief executive Val Stangoe added: “The team who organise Fudstock have supported the hospice over a number of years, we will do whatever we can to support them at this difficult time.”

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