Gavin Reese and Geoffrey Counsell
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Geoffrey Counsell 'relieved' fireworks ordeal is over

A man in charge of a fireworks display held on the night of a crash on the M5 in which seven people died has been cleared of breaching health and safety laws.

Geoffrey Counsell had denied a charge of failing to ensure public safety for the Taunton Rugby Club display.

A judge directed a jury at Bristol Crown Court to find him not guilty.

In a statement read by his lawyer, Gavin Reese, Mr Counsell said he believed the decision to prosecute him was "motivated by a desire to find someone to blame".

  • 10 Dec 2013
  • From the section UK
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