Horse ride owner sentenced after Suffolk incident

A horse and carriage ride owner has been sentenced to community service after a woman’s death at a Suffolk country fair.

Carole Bullet, 57, was enjoying a day out at the popular Nowton Park Country Fair in Bury St Edmunds on 19 June, 2011 when she was hit by a runaway horse.

She suffered severe chest injuries in the collision as the horse and driverless carriage careered through a panic-stricken crowd.

Paramedics airlifted the grandmother to Addenbrooke’s hospital in Cambridge but she was unable to recover and tragically died the following day.

Entirely preventable

An investigation by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) into what happened concluded that Duncan Drye, the owner and operator of the horse and carriage, had failed to put in place adequate control measures to protect the public.

He had not ensured that his staff were adequately trained and qualified to operate the horse and carriages safely, nor was there a safe system of work on the day including keeping the rides safely segregated from the visitors of the fair.

Mr Drye of Bishops Road, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, pleaded guilty to breaching Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. He was consequently sentenced to 200 hours of community service.

Speaking after the hearing, HSE Inspector Malcolm Crowther described the incident as “entirely preventable”.

He said one woman needlessly lost her life and a number of others were injured because of the owner and operator failed to take the necessary safety precautions.

Multiple personal injury claims

Ipswich Crown Court heard how the horse’s bridle had been removed after a day providing rides for the public at the fair. Soon afterwards, something startled the animal and it bolted, hitting Mrs Bullet and injuring several other visitors to the fair.

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