Tributes to schoolboy, 14, killed in fairground accident after 'being crushed' by Body Count ride | The Sun

TRIBUTES have poured in to for a schoolboy who was killed in a tragic fairground accident.

The 14-year-old who "slipped and fell" on the Body Count ride has been named locally as Mackenzie Croxford-Cook.

Horrified witnesses yesterday told how Mackenzie became "trapped underneath the ride" while the funfair at Pencester Gardens near Dover was closed in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

Dramatic photos yesterday showed cops and specialist firefighters carrying out their probe at the Body Count ride.

The ride sees thrill seekers strapped into a chair and swung in a circle before being lifted up into the air.

Today, devastated loved ones, including Mackenzie's heartbroken mum, paid tribute to their "beautiful angel".

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Mum Penny Cook wrote: "My beautiful baby I'm going to miss you forever.

"Best friends for life my little banter buddy.

"No words could explain my pain. Until we meet again I love you so so much."

Loved one Jessica Ager added: "Heaven gained a beautiful angel yesterday.

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"No words can describe how hard it has been. To know I will never see your cheeky smile again breaks my heart.

"I’ll look after your mum dude, just like you always did.

"God takes the best people. Sleep tight angel, I love you forever and always."

Flowers, cards and candles have been left at the scene of the tragedy.

One message reads: "To Mackenzie, you don't know how much people are gonna miss you.

"Shona and Dylan still message you. We all loved you Mackenzie."

Another says: "Rest in peace, you went too soon.

"Everyone misses you, I wish you were still here. I miss your hugs, smile, laugh and everything you do.

"You were too young."

The fairground was yesterday taped off by cops who used specialist equipment to scour the scene.


Witnesses claimed Mackenzie got on the ride while the funfairwas closed on Wednesday.

Last night, funfair owners Forrest Amusements spoke out following the early-morning horror.

A spokesman told Kent Live: "We are deeply shocked and saddened to hear about the tragic incident which occurred 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."

The fair was due to officially open yesterday at 12pm.

One member of staff told The Sun: "Apparently he got trapped underneath the ride and something went down on him.

"It must have been in the early hours.

"When all the workers woke up, police and the fire service were already here."

A devastated local added: "It’s absolutely horrific. My heart breaks for his friends and family – that’s no age to die."

Paramedics that specialise in industrial accidents rushed to the fairground shortly before 8am on Wednesday morning.

They battled to save the boy, but he sadly died at the scene.

Workers are understood to have set up the rides on Tuesday and had planned to officially open the funfair one day later.

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A Kent Police spokesman yesterday said: "Kent Police was called by South East Coast Ambulance Service to Pencester Gardens, Dover at 7.45am on Wednesday 3 August 2022.

"No suspicious circumstances have been reported, and the Health and Safety Executive have been informed."

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