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Royal Highland Show organisers face trial after boy's death

Ben Craggs Image copyright Lothian and Borders Police
Image caption Ben Craggs suffered head injuries after being struck by a bollard when it overturned

The organisers of the Royal Highland Show in Edinburgh face trial over alleged health and safety breaches, including an incident which resulted in the death of a three-year-old boy.

Ben Craggs died after being struck by a concrete bollard which overturned at the Ingliston showground in June 2008.

The Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland pled not guilty to eight charges involving incidents between October 2005 and November 2009.

The trial is due to begin in November.

Appearing at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, Peter Gray QC, representing the Society, pled not guilty to the eight charges on the indictment.

It is alleged that the Society failed to ensure that moveable concrete bollards at the Ingliston Showground were stabilised by clamping or otherwise as was necessary for the purposes of health and safety.

The charge said that on 19 June 2008, three-year old Ben Craggs, fell and seized hold of a rope connecting two of the bollards, which caused one to overturn and strike him on the head, causing fatal injuries.

Ben and his parents from Sedgefield, County Durham were attending the opening day of the Royal Highland Show.

His parents had been exhibiting livestock. After the accident, Ben was taken to the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, but died from his injuries.

The trial, due to begin on 17 November, is expected to last four weeks.

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