Delay to ruling on Dreamspace tragedy

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A TOP judge has delayed his decision on where legal responsibility for the Dreamspace tragedy lies.

Mum-of-two Claire Furmedge, 38, of Chester-le-Street, and Seaham grandmother Elizabeth Collings, 68, died when disaster struck the huge inflatable sculpture at Riverside Park in July 2006.

Many more suffered physical and psychiatric injuries, leading to damages claims against Chester-le-Street District Council – since replaced by Durham County Council – and event organisers, Brouhaha International Limited (BIL).

Many of those claims have now been settled, London’s High Court has heard.

It is thought the amount of compensation involved, although confidential, could run into millions. Mr Justice Foskett is now being asked to decide who should stump up the cash.

The council says BIL should bear at least two-thirds of the legal responsibility for what happened, but the company insists it was blameless.

Mr Justice Foskett has now reserved his decision and will give his ruling at an unspecified later date.