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Staffordshire Police hand over Drayton Manor death investigation

Staffordshire Police have handed over the investigation into a schoolgirl's death at Drayton Manor Park to the Health and Safety Executive.

Detectives carried out a thorough and lengthy investigation into the circumstances surrounding 11 year old Evha Jannath's death after she fell from the park’s Splash Canyon water ride in May 2017.

Following this, a file was submitted to the CPS for advice. This was reviewed and a decision has been made that the circumstances surrounding Evha’s death do not meet the threshold for gross negligence or corporate manslaughter. The file has now been passed to the HSE who will consider if any other offences are applicable.

A forensic pathologist concluded Evha died as a result of drowning. A file has been prepared for the Coroner and an inquest will take place later this year.
Detective Inspector John Quilty from Staffordshire Police said: “The investigation into the tragic death of Evha has been extremely complex and we have worked closely throughout with the park, HSE and CPS.

“Evha’s family have been made aware of the findings and our thoughts remain with her family and friends.”

A HSE spokesperson said: “HSE has supported Staffordshire Police since this incident took place and has supported the inquiry throughout.

“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, who we will keep updated as our investigation continues.”

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