Human cannonball inquest begins

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Published: Monday 19th January 2015 by The News Editor

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An inquest will begin today into the death of a “human cannonball” stuntman who died after being fired up to 40ft into the air at a daredevil show.

Hundreds of spectators watched as a safety net intended to break Matthew Cranch’s fall failed during Scott May’s Daredevil Stunt Show.

The death of Mr Cranch, 24, from the Isle of Man, at the Kent County Showground in Detling on April 25, 2011 prompted a criminal investigation.

But in December 2012 Kent Police announced that no criminal prosecution would be brought and the case was referred to the local authority.

Mr Cranch, who had moved to Newquay, Cornwall, is believed to have only taken up the stunt job a couple of weeks before the fatal showpiece.

He was taken to Maidstone General Hospital but died shortly afterwards.

Friends and acquaintances described him as a “loveable character” and a “true gent who had time for anyone and everyone”.

A three-day inquest will start from 10.30am today at the Archbishop’s Palace in Maidstone.

Published: Monday 19th January 2015 by The News Editor

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