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Petition To Have M&D's Closed Down


07/07/16


A mum has launched a petition to close M&D's after her three-year-old son cheated death when the Tsunami rollercoaster carriage missed him by inches.

Eight children and two adults were taken to hospital after the ride derailed and crashed to the ground at the children’s playground on Sunday, June 26.

Now Amy Thomas wants the amusement park shut down after the towering ride came crashing down only two feet away from three-year-old son Dylan, who was on a small green motorbike at M&D’s.


The 24-year-old, of Shotts, said, “I was looking at all the various posts saying that the park should be shut down but no-one had actually started anything so I decided to do it.

“The owners really need to step up and listen to people’s concerns; people could have died and this can’t happen again.

“People have been telling me their own experiences about other rides breaking down.

“I spoke to one woman who had her leg cut open while she was on the log ride.

“My hope is that M&D’s is closed down before another serious accident occurs.”

Already Amy’s petition has attracted more than 1500 signatures.


Kerry Hutchison, from Wishaw, was just one of those who signed it on the Change.org website. She posted: “M&D’s is completely lacking the whole sense and priority that is health and public safety.

“It is a company merely opened for profit and nothing else.

“What happened to members of the public over the weekend could have been prevented if when problems regarding this rollercoaster were either properly investigated or simply closed down until the proper safety precautions were put in place to ensure a safe and functional ride.”


Sharon Shields, from Motherwell, also signed the petition. She added: “There have been too many accidents and breakdown incidents at the park; it’s just too dangerous.”


Meanwhile, the M&D’s rollercoaster crash was “waiting to happen”, claims a ­solicitor who dealt with a string of accidents at the park.

M&D’s have paid around £100,000 compensation to almost 20 people injured at the park in the last five years, according to lawyers.

They say they dealt with claims for serious injuries suffered on various rides, including scars and broken bones.

Patrick McGuire, of Thomsons solicitors, said: “People suffered a wide range of injuries, including a broken arm, fractured wrist, broken ribs, a broken nose and teeth.

“In one or two instances people have been left scarred, with one suffering permanent scarring to the face. An accident of the nature of the one which happened at the weekend was waiting to happen.”


The indoor complex of the park, which includes the kids soft play area, ten-pin bowling and Amazonia re-opened to the public on Thursday.

The rides and theme park area remains closed as investigations continue.

A spokesman for M&D’s said: “M&D’s indoor facilities re-opened on Thursday, June 30. This includes the family restaurant, Amazonia, Cosmic Bowl, Krazy Congo, Game Zone and Guiseppe’s Coffee Shop. The theme park will remain closed until further notice.”