A newly-launched news website has apologised after publishing a report that a local theme park rollercoaster ride had broken down.
Kent Live, the new county-wide platform launched by Trinity Mirror last month, reported that visitors to the Dreamland theme park in Margate had experienced a “virtual nightmare” after being stranded on the ride.
The story was based on a tweet which included a photograph of the rollercoaster carriages stationary on a descending section of the track with a member of staff stood in front of the vehicle.
It later emerged that staff at the theme park had in fact been testing the equipment.
The original story, which has now been taken down, reported that the ride had turned into a “virtual nightmare” for a dozen visitors after they were stranded on the ride.
However a later story acknowledged that no-one had been trapped.
The website, which serves as the online platform for a number of Kent titles including the Thanet Gazette, issued an apology via the Gazette’s Facebook page.
It posted a link to the new story stating: “Good news. We apologise to Dreamland for the confusion.”
Kent Live, which launched last month, came under fire yesterday after a former sports editor of the Gazette criticised its coverage of non-league football and county cricket.
Jon Phipps, who took redundancy from TM in June, said sports content on the new site was mainly focused on league football club Charlton Athletic.