Southport fatal bike crash: Firm ordered to pay £100,000

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A firm has been told to pay £100,000 over the death of a teenager who came off his motorbike when it struck a metal cable strung between two trees.

Ryan Acaster, 17, from Brinscall, near Chorley, fell off his trial bike when he hit the wire on a track off New Lane in Crossens, Southport, in July 2008.

JA Jones and Sons (Churchtown) Ltd admitted breaching health and safety legislation at Liverpool Crown Court.

The Banks-based firm said a "no access" sign on the cable had been stolen.

The Health and Safety Executive brought the prosecution against the company because it failed to ensure the site was safe for visitors.

Ryan had been riding his 110cc off-road bike when it hit the cable. He was thrown from it and suffered fatal head injuries.

The company was fined £50,000 and ordered to pay just over £50,000 in court costs.

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