Squirrel banned from rollercoaster

SquirrelAlton Towers has been forced to ban a daredevil squirrel from one of its rides, on the grounds that it posed a health and safety risk

The squirrel was said to be causing headaches for operators at Alton Towers by getting in the way of improvement work on the Sonic Spinball rollercoaster at the resort.

Workers noticed it riding the revamped Sonic Spinball as it was tested in the mornings, and joining visitors who were offered an early go on it before the official opening.

The grey squirrel was also caught stealing food from the workers.

A spokeswoman for the theme park said: ‘It was getting in the way of builders who were painting. They couldn’t carry on because they would end up with paw prints in the paint. And we can’t have anything on the track when the roller coaster is going round.’

Alarms have been fitted that emit a warning noise inaudible to human ears but designed to ensure the squirrel, nicknamed Sonic, avoids the ride in future.