Theme park owner to stand trial on charge of assault

Flamingo Land Owner Gordon Gibb
Flamingo Land Owner Gordon Gibb

The chief executive of Flamingo Land has appeared in court charged with assault after an incident involving an man apparently selling “two-for-one” tickets outside the gates.

Gordon Gibb, 36, the boss of the Ryedale based attraction, denied the charge of assault by beating when he appeared at Scarborough Magistrates Court on Monday.

Gibb was allegedly involved in an incident involving a man apparently selling “two-for-one” tickets just outside the premises without the theme park’s permission.

Officers from North Yorkshire Police were called to a report of an “ongoing assault” at the site near Malton about 10.30am on Saturday, July 28, and arrived within 15 minutes.

Gibb was arrested at the scene and later released on bail before being charged with the offence of assault on August 28.

Amateur boxer Gibb, of Ebberston, made his first appearance at Magistrates court on October 17 and pleaded not guilty.

The alleged victim is a man aged 31 from Manchester and it is thought the incident was reported by an associate of his who may also have been trying to sell the tickets.

Gibb will stand trial on February 21 next year.

Speaking after the hearing, he said: “I am happy to co-operate with the investigation and looking forward to the opportunity to defend myself against the allegations.”