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TV star denies park safety breaches

A TV presenter-turned-wildlife park owner who denies breaching health and safety regulations at the animal attraction will stand trial with her husband next month.

Celebrity interior designer Anna Ryder Richardson, 48, is accused of serious breaches which sent a mother and son to hospital.

She appeared with husband Colin MacDougall, 46, at Haverfordwest Magistrates' Court where their case was sent to crown court for trial.

The couple own, jointly run and live at the Manor House Wildlife Park, in St Florence, near Tenby, west Wales.

They appeared at the same court last month where they each denied two separate alleged breaches. Their jointly owned company, Manor House Wildlife Park Ltd, also denies two breaches to health and safety legislation.

The couple appeared briefly in court and each spoke only to confirm their names, ages and address.

The decision to prosecute the couple and their business under health and safety legislation follows an accident in August 2010.

Three-year-old Gruff Davies-Hughes suffered serious head injuries at the park after a heavy branch fell on him during strong winds. He spent three days fighting for his life in intensive care after being airlifted to hospital.

Mother and PE teacher Emma Davies-Hughes, 28, suffered a head injury and fractures to her leg, pelvis, and arm. The mother and son, from Llanelli, were among dozens of people visiting the attraction's wallaby enclosure at the time.

Mother-of-two Ryder Richardson made her name alongside Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen on the BBC's popular makeover show Changing Rooms. In 2008 she gave up her TV career and bought the dilapidated 52-acre site with her husband.


From Belfast Telegraph