Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Man charged over Christmas Day prison officer Nick Medlin death

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Image caption Nick Medlin died at the scene in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight on Christmas Day

A man has been charged following the death of a prison officer in the early hours of Christmas Day.

Nick Medlin, 57, was pronounced dead at the scene in Pier Street, Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight, just after midnight.

Michael Hudson, 32, of no fixed address, has been charged with manslaughter and is due at Portsmouth Magistrates Court on Thursday.

Two men, aged 31 and 26, arrested on suspicion of murder, have been bailed until 11 April, said police.

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Image caption Mr Medlin was found in Pier Street in the early hours of Christmas Day

Mr Medlin, a father-of-two, played bass in a punk band called Manufactured Romance.

In a statement released by police, his family said they were "completely devastated and totally heartbroken" by his death.

Hampshire Constabulary has appealed for witnesses to come forward.

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