Human cannonball stunt company fined

A company who operated a human cannonball stunt which resulted in the death of a Manxman has been fined £100,000 for breaching health and safety laws.

Stunts UK Ltd will pay the fine and £80,000 in court costs, while Scott May - who runs the company - has been handed a 12-month community order and must carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

May's defence told Maidstone Crown Court that he was truly sorry for the events which led to the death of Matthew Cranch in April 2011.

The 24-year-old stuntman died when his safety net collapsed during a performance in Kent after the quick release mechanism was accidentally released.

Stunts UK will not perform the human cannonball stunt again, telling the court the equipment will be destroyed now that the case is over.