Aerial picture of the aftermath of the crash on the M5 in November 2011
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Manslaughter charges dropped in M5 crash case

Manslaughter charges have been dropped against the organiser of a fireworks display held on the night of a crash on the M5 in which seven people died.

Geoffrey Counsell, 50 and from Somerset, was arrested after the crash, which involved 34 vehicles and left 51 people injured, in November 2011.

Mr Counsell will now face one charge, under health and safety laws, of failing to ensure the safety of others.

The BBC's Jon Kay reports from Bristol Crown Court.

  • 15 Jan 2013
  • From the section England