UK fairground terror sees riders trapped high in sky as swing ride stops mid-air

Terrified passengers were trapped in mid-air after a fairground ride stopped working this evening.

A crowd of onlookers gathered as emergency services descended on Gloucester Park in Gloucestershire where the Star Flyer swing ride malfunctioned.

Four people were said to be trapped on the ride for more than two hours, GloucestershireLive reports.

Firefighters were called to the scene at 5.15pm, to reports of four people stuck after a ride stopped in mid air.

Pictures show one of the tall swing rides, which can be seen from across the city, with people hanging from seats in the air, feet dangling in the sky.

Gloucestershire Fire and Rescue Service confirmed two crews were sent to the scene from Gloucester North and Gloucester South, with specialist ladders.

However, the owners of the ride managed to get it working again and free the stricken customers.

The engines were seen exiting the Park through the Spa Road gates.

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Gloucestershire police also went to the scene to manage onlookers as a crowd built up around the ride.

No one was hurt during the incident although the trapped riders were stuck for more than two hours, high above the park.

A spokesman for the Bob Wilson's Funfairs explained a safety mechanism on the ride had kicked in and stopped it, and that everyone involved was safe and well.

She also confirmed the Star Flyer would be back open again tomorrow for the last day of the fair, which opens at 2pm.

The fair at Gloucester Park is an annual favourite for the city and has been in place this summer on weekends throughout August.

The fire service tweeted: "Gloucester crews had an unusual call to the Fair today, on arrival one of the rides had stuck up at 25m and the organisers were trying to release the break, our crews set up a safe platform to rescue if the break didn’t release, but all went well and the ride came back down slowly."

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