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Fairground ride owner fined for speed breach

NewsA fairground operator has been fined for exceeding a Twister-type ride’s recommended speed limit by 50%, causing injury.

Patrick McGeough was also found guilty of failing to ensure the correct restraint of riders, and was fined more than £3,000.

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Two injured in Liverpool funfair ride accident

Twister ride signage being removed

Two children have been injured following an accident involving a Twister-type flat ride at a Liverpool funfair.

A nine-year-old and ten-year-old were hospitalised with minor injuries following the incident, which occurred at Sefton Park at 4:20pm today.

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Two injured by falling ride part at Flamingo Land

Hero at Flamingo LandTwo people have been injured when a loose part fell from the Hero rollercoaster at Flamingo Land.

The incident occurred on Friday afternoon at around 4pm, according to the Teesside-based Gazette newspaper.

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Editorial: Merlin’s wood gamble worth taking

UploadMerlin Entertainments would appear to be finally taking the plunge and constructing a new wooden ride.

All signs in the plans for Alton Towers’ next major addition point to a wooden rollercoaster being the park’s next ‘Secret Weapon’ project.

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Alton Towers seeks permission for wooden ride

Alton Towers logoAlton Towers is seeking planning permission for an unspecified wooden ride, a new application shows.

The ride – described as “of timber truss construction” – will feature tunnels, ground level changes, a station and pre-show building.

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Alton Towers to convert Air shop into restaurant

UploadThe shop for the Air rollercoaster at Alton Towers is to be converted into a restaurant under new plans.

A planning application for the development was lodged with Staffordshire Moorlands Council earlier today.

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Pleasure Beach season pass valid at Spain parks

PortAventuraBlackpool Pleasure Beach has teamed up with two Spanish theme parks to allow one-off admission for its season pass holders.

Holders of the Lancashire attraction’s Platinum Season Pass can now gain one admission per year to both Isla Magica and PortAventura.

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The saddening decline of the chained oak tree

Chained OakThe old chained oak tree which lies close to Alton Towers – and is synonymous with local legend – has seen better days.

Its legend inspired the 2000-built Hex ride at the theme park, and many people have sought it out in the subsequent years.

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Easter Sunday police presence at Alton Towers

Alton Towers increased securityA considerable police presence and increased security is in place at Alton Towers during Easter Sunday.

The move is in-line with arrangements typically seen in recent years during Easter Sunday and also the first Sunday of the Halloween Scarefest event in October.

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Thorpe Park Celebrity maze: What people say

I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here! mazeThorpe Park launched its new maze attraction based on the reality TV series I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out of Here! late last month.

It attempts to recreate the infamous ‘Bush Tucker Trials’ contestants endure during their stint in the Australian jungle.

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