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Murder accused to face assault charge over Toddbury Farm death

Patrick Maloney Image copyright Bedfordshire Police
Image caption Patrick Maloney died after being hit by a vehicle at a travellers' site in Bedfordshire

A man accused of murder at a traveller's site has had the charge against him dropped.

Patrick Maloney, 43, died after he was hit by a vehicle at Toddbury Farm, near Leighton Buzzard, on 2 August.

Thomas McCarthy, 24, who lives at the same site, will now face a charge of assault, prosecutors told Luton Crown Court.

His brother, Christopher McCarthy, 21, has been charged with Mr Maloney's murder and was remanded in custody.

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Image caption Christopher and Thomas McCarthy will be asked to enter pleas on 16 September

They are both due to return to Luton Crown Court on 16 September.

A 42-year-old woman who was arrested has been bailed.

A post-mortem examination found Mr Maloney died as a result of "multiple crushing injuries consistent with being involved in a collision with a vehicle".

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