Alton Towers plead guilty to safety breaches

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The owners of Alton Towers - Merlin Attractions Operations Ltd - has pleaded guilty to breaching the Health and Safety Act, which is going to end up in some very heavy fines.

This of course, is referring to the accident with The Smiler rollercoaster last summer, which resulted in two passengers having to have leg amputations. There were other injuries too.

"It is comforting for the families that a plea of guilty has been entered rather than the victims having to endure a drawn out trial," said lawyer Paul Paxton, who is representing the victims.

"Today is not seen as a victory; the families are not motivated by retribution, but inevitably this guilty plea will be a milestone along the way to psychological rehabilitation. Regrettably the physical recovery will be a lifelong process."

The Smiler ride reopened in March, which saw one of the people injured on the rollercoaster - Vicky Balch - criticising the move.

She said: "I understand it's a business and it's what they have to do - I just didn't think it'd be so soon. If it was a worse day, we could've died, worse-case scenario. But at the end of the day it feels like the money comes before the people on the ride."

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