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Charge after rollercoaster death

A fairground owner has been charged after a teenage worker was hurled 50ft to his death from a rollercoaster.

Mark Blackwood, 18, died after being thrown from a ride known as The Rat at Loudoun Castle Theme Park in Ayrshire.

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard Parkware Ltd breached health and safety laws by failing to provide proper information, training and supervision for employees.

Mr Blackwood, of Kilmarnock, had pushed a rollercoaster car onto the track to start it before the tragedy in 2007.

Kent-based Parkware, which owns and operates the theme park, denied the charge at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court and will face trial in September.



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