A Southport firm is to be prosecuted following the death of a teenager who came off his motorbike when it collided with a metal cable strung between two trees.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is taking legal action against JA Jones & Sons (Churchtown) Ltd following the incident on the Hesketh Estate in Crossens on 20 July 2008.

17-year-old Ryan Acaster from Chorley had been riding his 110cc off-road bike when it hit the cable. He was thrown from his bike and suffered fatal head injuries.

JA Jones & Sons (Churchtown) Ltd – a tenant on the Hesketh Estate – has been charged with breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. The charge relates to failing to ensure the safety of people visiting the estate.

The company, of Bankfield Lane in Churchtown, is due to appear before Liverpool Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 14 February 2013 for the first hearing in the case.

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