Thursday 19 April 2018

TV star Anna Ryder Richardson faces trial for accident at wildlife park

Antony Stone

A TV presenter-turned wildlife park owner will appear in court today accused of breaching health and safety law.

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



She appears with husband Colin MacDougall, 46, at Swansea Crown Court today where each are accused of two separate breaches.



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



Their jointly-owned company, Manor House Wildlife Park Ltd, also denies two breaches to health and safety legislation.



Ryder Richardson sobbed silently to herself at an earlier appearance at Haverfordwest Magistrates Court.



Magistrates declined jurisdiction of the case then and sent it on to crown court for trial.



The couple, who appear in a plea hearing today, were charged following an incident at the wildlife park in August 2010.



A heavy branch fell on a three-year-old boy in strong winds during a visit to the park with his mother.



He subsequently spent three days in intensive care after being urgently airlifted to hospital. His mother was also injured.



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 zoo come wildlife park with her husband.



The prosecution is being brought by the public protection division of Pembrokeshire County Council.



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