TV star walks free from court

Former TV star Anna Ryder Richardson has been cleared of health and safety breaches following an incident in which a young boy was injured. Her husband Colin MacDougall pleaded guilty to two charges in his own name and two on behalf of their company.

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Ryder Richardson in court over toddler tree accident

TV presenter Anna Ryder Richardson has appeared appeared in court today charged with offences over a toddler and his mother crushed by a tree at her Pembrokeshire zoo in August 2010

The former 'I'm a Celebrity...' contestant is accused of breaching health and safety laws after the mum and her three-year-old son were injured by a falling branch.

Gruff Davies-Hughes was left fighting for his life after the tree hit him on the head and had to spend three days in intensive care.

Emma Davies-Hughes, 28, suffered injuries to her head leg, pelvis, and arm in the Manor House animal Park owned by Ryder Richardson and her husband in West Wales.

Ryder Richardson, 48, and restaurateur husband Colin MacDougall, 46, both denied breaches of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

Both the defendants and their company were responsible for running the wildlife park.

"They were given expert advice in regard to trees and branches on the premises. It is our case that they did NOT follow that advice."

– Simon Morgan, prosecutor

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