Police want phone footage as investigation launched over food festival horror

5th June 2023

Detectives are asking for anyone who has phone footage of a shocking accident at the Southport Food and Drink festival to come forward.

A 9 year old boy suffered serious injuries after being ‘thrown into the air’ by a gust of wind while he was inside an inflatable activity ball.

Air ambulance crews rushed the boy to Alder Hey, where he remains under medical care for his injuries.

A Merseyside Police appeal issued last night said “We are appealing for information after a child was seriously injured in Southport.

“At around 2pm on Sunday 4 June, it was reported that a nine-year-old boy had sustained significant injuries at an outdoor festival in Victoria Park, on Rotten Row.

“The boy was inside an inflatable zorb ball on a lake, which was unexpectedly raised into the air before it landed on the grass.

“A second zorb ball containing another child was also raised at the same time, but thankfully this child was unharmed.”

“We are now appealing for anyone who may have captured images or videos of the incident to please get in touch to help us establish the circumstances of what happened.”

To send us any images or videos, please use the following link: https://unitedkingdom1cpp-portal.digital-policing.co.uk/merseyside/appeal/incident-at-victoria-park