Anna Ryder Richardson prosecuted over zoo accident

Ruth Doherty
Anna Ryder Richardson prosecuted after toddler and mum hit by tree at her zoo
Anna Ryder Richardson prosecuted after toddler and mum hit by tree at her zoo


TV star Anna Ryder Richardson is facing prosecution after a mum and toddler were hit by a tree at her zoo in Wales.

Gruff Davies-Hughes, three, and mum Emma, 28, were in the wallaby enclosure when they were hit by a branch that fell in strong winds and had to be airlifted to hospital.

According to the Express, Gruff spent two weeks in intensive care suffering head injuries, while PE teacher Emma also suffered a head injury, and wounds to her leg, arm, and pelvis.

While Emma made a full recovery, Gruff is reportedly still receiving treatment.

Anna, who is set known for her appearance on Changing Rooms and I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, is now facing health and safety charges.

She bought the 52-acre Manor House Wildlife Park in Tenby, Wales, for £1 million four years ago, and lives there with her husband Colin MacDougall, and their children, Bibi Bell, eight, and Dixi Dot, seven.

According to The Sun, the TV star was said to be "devastated" when the accident happened 19 months ago on 24 August, 2010.

A Pembrokeshire County Council spokesman told the Daily Mail: "Proceedings have commenced against Manor House Wild Life Park Limited for alleged breaches of Health and Safety legislation.

"The company, the company secretary Colin MacDougall and company director Anna Ryder Richardson each face two charges of breaching section two and three of the health and safety act 1974."

A spokesman for Anna and her Colin said: "Ever since a tree fell at the park in August 2010 our thoughts have always been with the mother and her young son who were injured in the incident.

"However we have been advised that in view of the on going case it is inappropriate for us to comment further at the moment."

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