Sentencing date set after Alton Towers Smiler crash

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The owner of Alton Towers is to be sentenced later this year over the Smiler rollercoaster crash which seriously injured five people.

Merlin Attractions Operation Ltd has already indicated a guilty plea to a charge of breaching health and safety regulations after the collision, which occurred on June 2, 2015.

A two-day sentencing hearing will start on September 26 at Stafford Crown Court.

The company has previously been warned to expect a very large fine.