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Stonegate Pub Company denies four health and safety charges over death of Milford student Olivia Burt (20)



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THE largest pub company in the UK has pleaded not guilty to four health and safety charges following the death of a Milford student at a Durham nightclub.

Stonegate Pub Company entered denials at Newton Aycliffe Magistrates’ Court this morning (Tuesday), in relation to the death of Olivia Burt (20) on 7th February 2018.

It has been told to appear next at Durham Crown Court on 18th May.

Olivia Burt died in 2018
Olivia Burt died in 2018

As reported in the A&T, Olivia was killed more than four years ago in an incident involving a metal barrier while she and her friends queued outside Missoula nightclub in Durham city centre.

Missoula is owned by Stonegate Pub Company.

Olivia’s parents, Nigel and Paula Burt, said after the hearing: "We are disappointed that four years on we are still no closer to a conclusion after Olivia’s death.

"This only serves to prolong our search for justice for our wonderful daughter.

Olivia was a keen sailor
Olivia was a keen sailor

"We can only continue to wait for the trial and for the final outcome of the health and safety prosecution. To us it is incomprehensible how our only child died on a night out with friends."

Olivia, who had attended Milford Pimary School, was a high achiever in the classroom and a talented sailor.

She was in the Royal Yachting Association’s junior and youth squads in both Optimist and Laser, and travelled abroad to compete, representing Britain at the European Laser 4.7 Youth Championships in the Netherlands in 2011, and at the Laser Radial Youth European Championships in Denmark in 2014.

Olivia's parents Nigel and Paula
Olivia's parents Nigel and Paula

She regularly attended national-level Radial events, representing the Royal Lymington Yacht Club and Lymington Town Sailing Club, and was a member of Durham University’s sailing team.

The master of Durham’s University College, Prof. David Held, described her as an “exceptional sportswoman”. Friends called her “beautiful” and "wonderful".

Olivia’s parents went on to found a charity in her memory, Olivia Inspires, which helps disadvantaged young people in the New Forest.

It distributes grants to help provide services or enable students to buy equipment that will develop their potential in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as well as the arts and sport.

Visit www.oliviainspires.org.uk



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