Woman fighting for her life and two wounded after fairground ride malfunctions

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A woman is fighting for her life in hospital with two others seriously injured after a fairground ride malfunctioned.

Emergency services raced to Fudstock Festival in Barrow's Cavendish Park on Saturday at around 8.30pm.

It's believed two women and one man were injured during the incident.

Two of those wounded were reported to have been on a ride at the time.

One woman is in critical condition in hospital while the other two people have been seriously injured, although they are not believed to be in a life-threatening condition.

All three people have been rushed to Furness General Hospital nearby.

The incident happened at a local festival called Fudstock, a charity being supported by the event reported.

Police are at the scene and a cordon has been erected while investigations remain ongoing.

Police did not say which ride was involved but there was a Waltzers ride and several inflatable attractions at the festival.

The incident has been referred to the Health and Safety Executive.

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Charity St Mary's Hospital, which Fudstock is raising funds for, posted a statement on social media.

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."

The family-friendly festival offers cutting-edge music, children's activities as well as art events.

It's an annual event that began several years ago to commemorate the life of Barrovian Richard Thorne ('Fud'), who hoped to create a festival in his hometown.

The dad died from bowel cancer in 2018, aged just 38.

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