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Legoland Windsor forced to close (temporarily) due to threats

PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,544
From the BBC:

Legoland closes resort hotel following threats

Legoland is to close temporarily in light of safety and security concerns.

The theme park in Windsor, Berkshire, will shut this weekend following the cancellation of a private fun day organised by the Muslim Research and Development Foundation.

The resort received threats from far right organisations and the event, due to be held on Sunday, was cancelled following discussions with police.

Legoland said the safety of its guests and staff was its "priority".

Thames Valley Police says it is investigating offensive messages sent in connection with the event.

Legoland was forced to shut down its Facebook page due to a number of abusive posts. It also received threats through phone calls and emails.

'Extremely disappointed'

In a statement, Legoland said: "Sadly, a private event due to take place on Sunday has had to be cancelled due to threats from right-wing groups made against the resort.

"The whole resort, including the hotel, will be closed for the weekend.

"We are extremely sorry that we've had to cancel any hotel visits for guests booked in to stay over this weekend.

"We wholeheartedly understand families' disappointment that they will be unable to attend and appreciate that due to the dynamic nature of this situation we haven't been able to give them more notification."

Guests booked to stay at the resort this weekend have been handed a full refund while a number of people on Twitter have also told the BBC they have received a £10 voucher.

Sara Powell left a message on the BBC Berkshire Facebook page.

She said: "Extremely disappointed that our hotel trip has been cancelled at ridiculously short notice, and angry that this situation has been allowed to happen.

"Will be speaking to Legoland in the morning."

Comments

  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas TexasMember Posts: 8,409
    If you close, you let the extremists win...

    Extremism on all sides, regardless of your views, is harmful to all of us, this is just another example of that...

    I look forward to a time when we can all call ourselves humans, instead of by nation, race, or religion.
    KingDaveTechnicNick
  • Pitfall69Pitfall69 0 miles to Legoboy's houseMember Posts: 11,401
    ^Sadly, that will never happen :(
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,282
    ^ Unless perhaps we are invaded by hostile aliens.

    No...probably not even then...
    Pitfall69
  • KingDaveKingDave UKMember Posts: 965
    Who are the far right organisations that have been making the threats? Already a bunch of C#nts if you ask me, but its a bit harsh even by their standards targeting something organised just so some kids can have a day out.
  • KingDaveKingDave UKMember Posts: 965
    'members from the English Defence League and a splinter group known as Casuals United had both threatened to protest at the day-out'

    http://www.indexoncensorship.org/2014/03/legoland/
  • AleyditaAleydita BelgiumMember Posts: 846
    The BBC report is hardly the full story.
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    Legoland proper doesn't open until a week on Friday.
  • AleyditaAleydita BelgiumMember Posts: 846
    The chair of the Muslim Research and Development Foundation is Haitham al-Haddada, a vile human being if ever there was one. He is anti-Jewish, anti-gay, anti-female rights, pro-FGM (female genital mutilation). He is everything that the UK is not and LEGOLAND should know better than to get involved with him.

    Does this excuse the right-wing groups from getting involved? Of course not.

    And anyone who thinks that the Foundation runs "family education" days just to give kids a day out is naïve in the extreme.
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