Anna Ryder Richardson being sued over visitors’ injuries at her zoo

TV presenter Anna Ryder Richardson is being sued by a woman who – along with her toddler son – sustained crush injuries while visiting the wildlife park that Anna owns along with her husband, Colin MacDougall.

The charges were brought after teacher Emma Davies-Hughes and her son Gruff, who’s three, were hit by a tree branch which fell on them during strong winds while they visited the zoo.

This Is Wales’ website states, “Gruff suffered serious head injuries and his mum, from Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, was also badly hurt. He is still having treatment after the incident in Tenby, West Wales, in August 2010.”

Anna, who formerly worked on TV show Changing Rooms, is said to have been “devastated” by the accident which happened in the wallaby enclosure…

Yesterday, Pembrokeshire County Council confirmed that Anna and Colin face two charges of breaching the Health and Safety Act.

The council’s spokesman, Len Mullins, said, “Proceedings have commenced on Monday at Haverfordwest Magistrates’ Court against Manor House Wildlife Park Limited for alleged breaches of health and safety legislation.

“The prosecution brought by the Public Protection division at Pembrokeshire Council relates to an incident which occurred on August 24, 2010, when a tree in the wallaby enclosure fell, causing serious injuries to a mother and young child.

“The company, Manor House Wildlife Park Limited, company secretary Colin MacDougall and company director Anna Ryder Richardson each face two charges of breaching Sections 2 and 3 the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.”

A statement from the couple following the incident read, “We are absolutely devastated by this and our only concern is for the little boy and his mother.”

Another statement later read, “Ever since a tree fell at the park in August 2010 our thoughts have always been with the mother and her young son who were injured in the incident.

“However, we have been advised that in view of the ongoing case, it is inappropriate for us to comment further at the moment.”

Lynn is an editor and writer here at Unreality TV and is trained psychotherapist and the author of two books. She's addicted to soaps, period drama and reality TV shows such as X Factor, I'm A Celeb and Big Brother.