No Manslaughter Charges for Drayton Manor over Young Girl’s Death

11 year old Evha Jannath sustained chest injuries and tragically drowned after she fell from the Splash Canyon rapids ride at Drayton Manor Park in May 2017. 

In a statement, Staffordshire Police said the park will not face corporate manslaughter or gross negligence charges and have handed the case to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), which could prosecute if the park is found to have breached safety and health regulations. Evidence has also been handed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for review. 

An inquest is expected to begin in November this year. 

A spokesperson for the HSE added: “This remains a criminal investigation and we will be considering whether there were any breaches of health and safety law relevant to the circumstances of this tragic event. 

“HSE’s thoughts remain with Evha’s family.”

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Chester Zoo to give thousands of free tickets to school groups.

Chester Zoo is offering free tickets for more than 42,000 children, in a bid to get young people involved in conservation. Free places are available for pupils from reception age to year 13, for weekday visits between 1 November 2019 to 28 February 2020, during the Cheshire West and Chester region term time.

The tickets are offered as part of the Zoo’s annual education campaign to raise awareness of endangered species and to get young people interested in all aspects of conservation.

Charlotte Smith, Head of Discovery and Learning at Chester Zoo, said: