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The Smiler at Alton Towers shut over safety concerns

Smiler Alton Towers
The Smiler is Alton Towers' newest attraction

A new £18m rollercoaster ride at Alton Towers remains closed after a piece fell off the structure.

Forty-eight people had to be rescued from the 14-loop ride, called The Smiler, on Sunday.

A spokesperson from the amusement park said a small piece of debris had allegedly fallen from the track.

"The health and safety of our guests is our primary concern [and] the ride will remain closed whilst the resort's technical team investigate," they said.

Staff are working to reopen the ride as soon as possible.

The Smiler - which includes a drop of 30m (98ft) - opened in May.

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