By Michael Mander
Following claims that the Asylum maze at Thorpe Park constitutes hate crime , there are now reports the name of the maze is to change. Thorpe Park denies these claims.
Airgates has been shown a letter than indicates the Surrey theme park has agreed to change the name of the controversial Halloween attraction.
Dr Nuwan Dissanayaka contacted Surrey Police to report the Asylum maze as a hate crime.
Tweets suggest that Surrey Police could not act on these complaints because there was no intention to cause harm.
However, it is believed they provided the following response: “Due to concerns of yourself and others, Thorpe Park have agreed to change the name of this particular maze for 2014 Fright Nights. In addition, the management have given their apologies for any distress the maze may have caused to any individual or group.”
Thorpe Park commented on the claims, saying they have had “no contact from the police”.
“As you know the attraction has now closed and, as we’ve clearly said, we have taken on board everyone’s feedback from all sides which will be taken into account during any 2014 planning”.
The Metro is reporting that a spokesperson told them: “Thorpe Park has not agreed to change anything.”
The full letter that is claimed to be from Surrey Police is below:
Dear Mr Dissanayaka;
Thank you for your telephone correspondence relating to the theme ride at Thorpe Park. My call handling centre passed me your concerns as I am the area Sergeant to where this matter relates.
I have tasked the local neighbourhood specialist to look into this matter under reference . I have also reviewed the matter and can report that I can find no criminal offences to answer with regard to this matter. There has been no intent by the management, or employees of the theme park, to intentionally discriminate, harass, or distress those with mental health issues.
I can also report that due to the concerns of yourself and others, that Thorpe Park have agreed to change the name of this particular maze for 2014 Fright Nights. In addition, the management have given their appologies [sic] for any distress the maze may have caused to any individual or group.