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64-year-old man arrested over Sala death

64-year-old man arrested over Sala death

Wednesday 19 June 2019

64-year-old man arrested over Sala death


A man in his 60s has been arrested in connection with the death of footballer Emiliano Sala and pilot David Ibbotson, who died in a plane crash near Alderney earlier this year.

In a statement today, Dorset Police confirmed that a 64-year-old from North Yorkshire had been held on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act.

They said that he has now been released while investigations continue.

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), commented: “We have carried out a wide-ranging investigation into the circumstances of the death of Mr Sala and continue to work with partner agencies including the Civil Aviation Authority.

“As part of this investigation we have to consider whether there is any evidence of any suspected criminality and as a result of our enquiries we have today, Wednesday 19 June 2019, arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act. He is assisting with our enquiries and has been released from custody under investigation.

“This matter therefore is still subject to a live investigation and I would ask the media and members of the public to refrain from speculation, as this could cause additional distress to the families involved as well as potentially hinder the investigation.

“As is standard practice, we will not be releasing any further information as to the identity of the individual who has been arrested unless that person is charged to appear in court and again would discourage any speculation in relation to this.”

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