Boy who died in fall from Body Count fair ride named and pictured in tributes

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A teenager who tragically died falling from a 'Body Count' fairground ride has been named and pictured after leaving family and friends in "shock".

Mackenzie Croxford-Cook, 14, from Deal, was at Pencester Gardens in Dover, Kent, on Wednesday (August 3) when members from all emergency services rushed to his aid at at around 7.45am.

Locals reported that the boy had gotten into the closed arena by climbing over the perimeter before then climbing one of the rides called Body Count.

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A memorial of photos, candles and touching messages has been laid outside the fun fair which has been given the all clear to re-open on Friday.

Members of Kent Police, South East Coat Ambulance and Kent Fire and Rescue Service all responded to the incident but despite their best efforts, the youngster was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

Mackenzie's death is not being treated as suspicious by Kent Police.

Now, an array of touching tributes have been left in the young boys honour near to the entrance of the Dover funfair where the unfortunate incident occurred. Everything from balloons, cards, pictures and flowers have been left in respect.

One powerful message reads: "To Mackenzie, you don't know how much people are gonna miss you […] We all loved you."

Another tribute reads: "Rest in peace, you went too soon. I wish you were still here, I miss your hugs, smile, laugh and everything you do. You were too young."

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The funfair was not open to the public at the time of the incident but was due to be yesterday afternoon before the tragic incident occurred. The ride involved in Mackenzie's death has been removed.

A spokesperson for Forrest Amusements said: "We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear about the tragic incident which occurred this morning (Wednesday 3rd August) at one of our funfair events in Pencester Gardens, Dover.

"Kent Police have confirmed that the death is not being treated as suspicious and a report will be prepared for the coroner. The Health and Safety Executive has attended the scene along with the emergency services."

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At this time, the exact circumstances surrounding the boy's death remain unclear. An HSE spokesman said: “We are currently making initial enquiries. Our thoughts remain with the families and friends of those affected by this tragic incident."

Forrest Amusments confirmed this morning that the victim was not associated with the company in any way.

A spokesperson for the family-run company said: "We were given the all-clear to open after conversations with the council, but we are remaining closed today and will open on Friday," they said.

"We are still in shock, and we have no more information on what happened than anyone else."


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