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Not guilty pleas for pier's owner
Hastings pier
The pier partly re-opened in July after repair work was carried out
Companies owning and operating Hastings Pier have denied breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

A judge at Hove Crown Court entered the pleas on behalf of Incorporated Ravenclaw Investments and Boss Management (UK) Ltd in their absence.

The companies face two charges. A trial date is expected to be set for the week commencing 29 October.

The pier partly re-opened in July after Stylus Sport, the owner of a bar, and Hastings Council funded repairs.

The council had closed the central section of the pier in the interests of public safety on 16 June 2006 under emergency powers.

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