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York Racecourse charged over cyclist's death


10:15am 16th January 2012
(Updated 1:19pm 16th January 2012)

York Racecourse has been charged with safety breaches over the death of a young cyclist.

17 year old Ruby Milnes died in May 2008 after she crashed with a lorry on an cycle path which is also an access road to the course.

The case is likely to got o court at the end of February.

Statement from York Racecourse:

York Racecourse is aware of the decision of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to issue proceedings against the Racecourse relating to alleged breaches of health and safety legislation following their investigation into the death of Ruby Milnes in May 2008. 

Our first thoughts remain for the family and friends of Ruby Milnes; we offer them our sincere condolences.

The Racecourse has fully co operated with the various investigations into the sad events of that afternoon and will continue to do so.

The Racecourse takes its responsibilities in the area of Health and Safety very seriously; as well as being a key task for all members of the team, the course retains an expert in this field who guides the team through the principles of the legislation, supports the provision of important documentation, and helps assess over 5,000 individual risks, whilst creating a health and safety aware culture. York Racecourse has a good relationship with the relevant authorities and has faced no previous such proceedings.

As the issues are now to be set before a court, we do not believe it is appropriate to make any further comment at this time.

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