Helicopter-flying hotelier Keith Richardson in court

Keith Richardson in helicopter
Image caption Keith Richardson, seen here taking off from the Falmouth Hotel on a separate occasion, denies "causing an aircraft to endanger a person"

A helicopter-flying multi-millionaire hotel owner has pleaded not guilty to "causing an aircraft to endanger a person".

Keith Richardson, 76, from Newton Abbot, Devon, flies between hotels he owns in the south west.

At Truro Magistrates Mr Richardson, representing himself, denied the charge brought by the Civil Aviation Authority.

The alleged offence took place at the Falmouth Hotel on 19 August 2014.

Image caption Hotelier Keith Richardson owns hotels across Devon and Cornwall

Mr Richardson is the owner of the Richardson Hotels group which includes, in Cornwall, the Falmouth Hotel, the Fowey Hotel and the Metropole, Padstow and the Grand Hotel and Grosvenor Hotel in Torquay, Devon.

The matter will now go to trial in August.

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