Lightwater Valley to be prosecuted after boy fell from ride last year

Lightwater Valley to be prosecuted after boy fell from ride last year

Published by May Norman at 12:38pm 27th May 2020. (Updated at 2:36pm 27th May 2020)

Health and Safety Executive confirms prosecution.

  • Lightwater Valley is to be prosecuted after seven-year-old boy fell from rollercoaster last year.
  • It follows an investigation by the Health and Safety Executive.
  • It's after a seven-year-old boy was left in a critical condition after falling from the Twister ride at its theme park.

Lightwater Valley is to be prosecuted after a seven-year-old boy fell from one of its rollercoasters last year.

The youngster was on the Twister ride with his mother on 30 May, 2019 when he fell.

He was airlifted to Leeds General Infirmary by Yorkshire Air Ambulance, with serious head injuries.

Lightwater valley entrance pic
The incident happened in May 2019

Following the incident the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) launched an investigation.

It said the Dorset-based company will face a charge under Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974, which places a duty on firms to protect people from health and safety risks.

The HSE said it is liaising with Leeds Magistrates’ Court to fix a first hearing date.

Ian Cunningham, Chief Executive of Lightwater Valley Theme Park, said in a statement:

“The incident at our park last year has greatly affected all those involved and the thoughts of everyone at Lightwater Valley are with the young boy who was injured and his family. I want to again say how personally sorry I am for the distress it has caused.

“We accept HSE’s decision to proceed to a prosecution and have cooperated fully throughout their investigation. 

“Since the incident we have been providing support and assistance to the family and will continue to do so. 

“The health and safety of visitors to our park remains our top priority and we have taken steps to avoid a repeat of this very sad incident.”