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Chessington World of Adventures summonsed over Jessica Blake fall

Jessica Blake Image copyright Tina Taylor
Image caption Jessica Blake, then four, suffered a fractured skull when she fell

Chessington World of Adventures has been ordered to appear before magistrates after a girl suffered a fractured skull in a fall.

The Health and Safety Executive has summonsed the Surrey theme park over an alleged health and safety breach.

Jessica Blake, then aged four, from Sheerness, Kent, fell 14ft (4.2m) while queuing for a ride in 2012.

Chessington World of Adventures Operations Ltd will appear before Redhill magistrates on 4 November.

The 14ft (4.2m) fall on 7 June left Jessica with broken ribs and a bleed on the brain.

'Unprecedented incident'

A spokeswoman for the theme park said: "The health and safety of our visitors is always the primary objective of Chessington World of Adventures.

"We take any incident on the park very seriously, particularly one as significant and unprecedented as the one in June 2012 in the Tomb Blaster queue."

She said Chessington carried its own detailed investigation at the time of the incident and also co-operated fully with the HSE investigation.

Chessington World of Adventures is run by Merlin Entertainments, but has its own senior management team which will respond in court, she said.

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