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Park has to cancel event over safety fears

A planned private event at Legoland in Windsor has had to be cancelled - after far rights groups threatened to organise protests at the site.

The Muslim Development and Research Foundation had booked the park for a family fun day, with tickets on sale to the members of the public.

But after a series of threats were made earlier this month, Legoland Windsor has cancelled the event on the advice of police.

Due to unfortunate circumstances the private event scheduled for Sunday 9th March will no longer take place. This was an incredibly difficult decision made after discussions with the organisers and local Thames Valley Police, following the receipt of a number of threatening phone calls, emails and social media posts to the Resort over the last couple of weeks. These alone have led us to conclude that we can no longer guarantee the happy fun family event which was envisaged, or the safety of our guests and employees on that day – which is always our number one priority."

– Statement from Legoland

Sadly it is our belief that deliberate misinformation fuelled by a small group with a clear agenda was designed expressly to achieve this outcome. We are appalled at what has occurred, and at the fact that the real losers in this are the many families and children who were looking forward to an enjoyable day out at LEGOLAND. We would like to apologise to them and to the organisers, and to thank them for their understanding."

– Statement from Legoland

The event was scheduled for a weekend, before the park is due to open for its main 2014 season.