Lambeth Country Show: Woman in critical condition after fairground ride malfunction | UK News

A woman in her 40s has sustained life-threatening injuries after a fairground ride malfunctioned in south London.

A man in his 40s is also being treated in hospital for “potentially life-changing injuries”, the Metropolitan Police has said.

Four people were taken to hospital following the incident on Saturday evening, with two people – a man in his 50s and an 11-year-old girl – having been discharged.

The Lambeth Country Show reopened on Sunday, but the rides remain cordoned off.

Police at the scene of the incident at the Lambeth Country Show
Police at the scene of the incident

Police said inquiries to establish what happened are ongoing.

On Saturday, Lambeth Council confirmed a “serious incident” took place at about 6.20pm.

A council spokesperson said on Saturday: “A thorough investigation is being conducted to determine the cause of the malfunction.

“Additional safety inspections are being carried out on all rides and attractions at the show.”

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Helen Hayes, the Labour parliamentary candidate for Dulwich and West Norwood, called for an “urgent investigation” into the incident.

She said on X on Saturday night: “I’m shocked to learn of the failure of a fairground ride at Lambeth Country Show earlier this evening.

“My thoughts are with those who were injured and all who witnessed this horrific event.

“Thank you to the emergency services who attended. There must now be an urgent investigation.”