York Dungeon says it won't change Dick Turpin's name to 'Richard' despite some parents complaining the historical figure should be renamed so as not to offend youngsters.

Following the arrival of its Dick Turpin carriage ride attraction, the Dungeon says it has received a number of requests for the character to be renamed 'Richard' due to the apparent rude nature of his nickname.

The York Dungeon, however, has remained firm in their stance, stating that the Dick Turpin show will remain in the same name despite the complaints.

This means guests will be able to experience all the thrills and chills of Dick’s darkened carriage without any changes.

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Mark Mattinson, general manager of The York Dungeon, said: “The York Dungeon is renowned for revealing the deepest and darkest secrets of the city’s unique past – whether that includes Dick or not.

“The character is one of our most frightful foes, and we know how much our guests enjoy interacting with him along with our other rogues and rascals throughout our shows.

"Our Dick’s Back carriage ride is the grand finale of our York Dungeon tour, and thousands of guests have already enjoyed this thrilling end to their visit.

"We were shocked to receive complaints to change his name but despite any potentially rude connotations, we’re here to say that Dick, is here to stay.”

Dick Turpin is an infamous highwayman who was renowned throughout the UK in the 18th century for embarking on criminal activities from theft to murder as he journeyed the country evading the law.

The Dungeon's Dick Turpin attraction allows visitors to step into the past and experience a show whilst taking a spooky ride in his carriage.

The highwayman has strong links to York, having been imprisoned in York Castle and executed by hanging in the city for horse theft on April 7, 1739.

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