A company has been fined £160,000 after a five-year-old boy was hurt when a large model diplodocus dinosaur fell on top of him in a park.

The boy suffered an eye injury in the incident on July 26, 2021, at a ‘Jurassic Encounter’ dinosaur event held in Grovelands Park in Southgate.

The attraction saw more than 50 animatronic dinosaurs installed in the park and promised or provide families with a “ROAR-some” day out.

But disaster struck just three days into the event, with Enfield Council subsequently discovering a litany of health and safety flaws.

The authority said that “it was clear” to officers who visited the site that the exhibit should have been placed on a flat surface due to its size and scale.

Several of the dinosaurs were found not to have been securely staked to the ground or tethered with guy ropes in the method set out by the organiser in its submissions to the council prior to the event.

Concerns were also raised when children could be seen climbing on the dinosaurs while the attraction was being put in place.

The council said that it had made a request for fencing to be put up around the site.

It was also found that there were no signs or notices displayed around the site to prevent members of the public accessing the exhibits outside its operating hours. 

Following the accident, a decision was eventually made by Enfield Council to issue a prohibition notice to close down the event.  

On August 8, council investigators visited the site again and found Jurassic Encounter was still open and customers were being allowed entry. The owners were uncontactable on the day. 

Organiser ‘Event 2020S Limited’previously called 'Cultent Event Ltd’, has now been fined £160,000 after being found guilty of three health and safety breaches at Highbury Magistrates Court. 

The organisers were also ordered to pay the council £20,988 in costs.

Director of ‘Event 2020S Limited’, David Lee, health and safety manager, Julian Duncan, and production manager Yulong Zheng (Dylan Zheng), were charged with offences.

They failed to attend court to answer the summonses and the court issued warrants for their arrest.