Drayton Manor ‘could face charges’ over girl’s death

The bosses of Drayton Manor Theme Park could face a corporate manslaughter charge over the death of an 11-year-old girl last year.

Evha Jannath fell from the Splash Canyon ride on a school trip at the Staffordshire theme park in May 2017.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said it had received a file from Staffordshire Police last month, reported the BBC.

Prosecutors will now decide if any criminal charges are to be brought over her death, said the report.

The Splash Canyon ride at Drayton Manor has been closed since Evha’s death.

A CPS spokeswoman told the BBC: “We received a file of evidence from Staffordshire Police on July 25 in relation to an allegation of corporate manslaughter.

“This file will now be considered in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors and a decision will be made in due course.”

The BBC said the coroner’s inquest into the death of the schoolgirl, from the Jameah Girls Academy in Leicester, is set to resume later this year.

A statement from the park following the incident in 2017 said: “It is with great sadness we have to report that a young girl has passed away at Birmingham Children’s Hospital following an incident on one of the park’s water rides.

“Our staff were alerted that an 11-year-old girl had entered the water. Trained park staff were immediately on the scene attending to the patient and West Midlands Air Ambulance arrived and airlifted her to the hospital.

“We are all shocked and devastated and our thoughts are with her family and friends at this tremendously difficult time.”

Staffordshire Police said she was confirmed dead shortly after arrival at hospital.

Park company director George Bryan, whose grandfather opened the site in the 1950s, said at the time that he was “truly shocked and devastated” by the death.