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Blackbrook Zoological Park in the Staffordshire Moorlands has been sold

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: April 24, 2014

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A BUYER has been found for a tourist spot in the Staffordshire Moorlands.

Blackbrook Zoological Park, in Winkhill, near Leek, was placed in administration after a drop in visitor numbers.

But now the seven staff at the park can look forward to a secure future after a buyer has been found.

No details have yet emerged about the buyer, although it has been confirmed they have previous experience of running zoos and wildlife parks.

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The park had been placed on the market for around £350,000

Shop manager Mark Gains, from Uttoxeter, explained the staff had been working for free during the last five to seven months to keep the 30-acre zoo open.

The 43-year-old said: "We are all pleased and relieved a buyer has been found, but obviously until they cross the t's and dot the i's, we are cautiously optimistic.

Phil Wood, the managing director of administrator Barringtons Corporate Recovery, said there had been more than 60 expressions of interest in buying Blackbrook, but only around 20 to 25 of them were considered "serious" bids.

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