Dorset

Torquay man charged over Sandford Holiday Park scooter rally death

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Image caption Police were called Sandford Holiday Park near Wareham in the early hours of Saturday

A 41-year-old man has been charged with manslaughter over the death of a man who was allegedly assaulted during a scooter rally at a holiday park.

Police were called to reports of a serious assault at around 02:20 GMT on Saturday at the event at Sandford Holiday Park, near Wareham, in Dorset.

The victim, named locally as 36-year-old Dave "Chewie" Coxon, from the Cyder Commando Scooter Club, was found dead.

Jason James, of Torquay, Devon, has been charged with manslaughter.

He will appear at Bournemouth Magistrates' Court on Monday.

The victim has not yet been formally identified, but his next-of-kin have been informed, according to Dorset police.

Fast-moving investigation

Shaun O'Connor, of the South Devon Showmen Club, said: "He was a very good friend."

Dave Robson posted on Facebook: "Sympathy RIP Dave."

Detective Inspector Mark Samuel said: "Following a fast-moving and thorough investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charge of manslaughter.

"Family liaison officers have updated the victim's family with this development and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

"Detectives continue to work on this investigation and I would appeal to any witnesses at Sandford Holiday Park, who are yet to speak with police, to contact us urgently."

The park had been hosting a 40th anniversary rally of the Modrapheniacs Scooter Club.