I think we have to take everything with a pinch of salt as I've heard so many rumours too. To be honest, I think we will never know for sure, but at least Alton Towers have took the time to rectify the issue that caused the closure by closing the ride instead of opening and closing it constantly.
Interesting point on the restraints though, Liam. Not seen to many issues from the norm this season; mainly guest issues. It is certainly an improvement from last year!
Agreed, been many times this year, seen a few oversize guests having to do the walk of shame, but not witnessed any issues with the restraints. They go down, or they don't go down. Have seen the odd manual release with the yellow stick, but that's not really an "issue", it's the way it's supposed to work,