16 injured in T in the Park ride accident

Star Flyer16 people were treated for minor injuries when a Star Flyer chair swing ride operating at the T in the Park festival “stopped suddenly”.

The Daily Record newspaper said that the ride “stopped suddenly” in the early hours of yesterday, causing riders to be injured.

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Government policy “does my head in” – Varney

Nick VarneyMerlin Entertainments chief executive Nick Varney has again criticised the British government’s policies on tourism.

In a striking interview with the Daily Mail’s financial section, the 51-year-old said that the coalition’s approach did his “head in”.

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Ride builder and assessors fined after accident

Court hammerA ride manufacturer, its director and two assessors have been fined after a “catalogue of errors” led to a teenager suffering life-threatening injuries.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) prosecuted Perrin Stevens Ltd, director Perrin Stevens and ride inspectors Martyn Lacey and Frederick Meakin, for safety infractions at Cambridge Crown Court.

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Cleethorpes beach rides were condemned by HSE

Cleethorpes beach, Mack's AmusementsAmusement rides at Mack’s Amusements on Cleethorpes beach were condemned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) earlier this year, it has emerged.

It is understood that the findings were uncovered prior to the opening of the rides for Easter, and that the defects have now been resolved.

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Child sustains whiplash after ride restraint error

Funfair ride restraintIt has emerged that a child has sustained whiplash after he was allegedly fastened into a fairground ride with his head incorrectly positioned.

15-year-old Jack Britton, who suffers from mild autism, was photographed on the ride by his mother.

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Private backers offload 100 million Merlin shares

Merlin EntertainmentsPrivate equity backers Blackstone Group and CVC Capital Partners are offloading 100 million shares in Merlin Entertainments.

The shares represent approximately £365 million based on the current trading prices, which equates to approximately 10% of the company at present.

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Merlin to launch VIP annual pass following delay

VIP Annual PassMerlin Entertainments will launch its VIP Annual Pass next week following a delays since the product was announced earlier this year.

The £500 cards will go on sale at 6pm on 18 June, and will be available to purchase by telephone only.

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Chessington records 15% visitor rise in 2013

Chessington World of Adventures logoChessington World of Adventures recorded a visitor increase of 15% during the 2013 season, recent figures show.

The Surrey theme park’s attendance for the year was 200,000 up on 2012, with 1.5 million guests coming through its gates.

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Abbey Park ride operator fined after accident

Billy Bates ride collapseA funfair ride operator has been fined following a ride collapse which seriously injured two boys in 2012.

The Mega Bounce (or frog hopper) ride’s operator William Roberts pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the ride’s safe operation.

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Thorpe Park submits plans for permanent hotel

Thorpe Park hotel plansThorpe Park has submitted a planning application for a permanent hotel building, which it hopes will replace temporary accommodation.

Work on the 250-room hotel would begin in two years’ time if the proposal is approved, with opening coming at the start of the 2018 season.

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