Stoke & Staffordshire

Alton Towers Smiler ride shut for second time

Smiler Alton Towers
Image caption The Smiler shut has been shut twice in the past fortnight

A new £18m rollercoaster ride at Alton Towers has been closed for the second time in the past fortnight.

The 14-loop Smiler was shut for four days from 21 July after a piece fell off the track and 48 people had to be rescued.

The amusement park said the ride was closed again on Tuesday due to a "technical issue".

The ride, which opened in in May and includes a drop of 30m (98ft), reopened on Sunday morning.

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