Firm charged over fatal bike crash in Southport

A firm is to be prosecuted over the death of a Lancashire teenager who came off his motorbike when it struck a metal cable strung between two trees.

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

The Health and Safety Executive is taking legal action over JA Jones and Sons (Churchtown) Ltd.

It said the firm failed to make sure its site was safe for visitors.

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

JA Jones and Sons (Churchtown) Ltd - a tenant on the Hesketh Estate - has been charged with breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The company is due to appear before Liverpool Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

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