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Tony Broadbent: No retrial sought over son's fall death

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Image caption Tony Broadbent was working on a warehouse roof with his son who fell through a skylight

No retrial will be sought of a man who was accused of neglecting his son in a roofing accident, prosecutors said.

Tony Broadbent, 61, from Harrold, Bedfordshire, was was cleared of manslaughter at Luton Crown Court earlier this month after son Kyle, 25, died in August 2012.

But the jury failed to reach a verdict on whether he failed to discharge his duty of care as an employer.

Prosecutors said it would be offering no evidence on that charge.

The trial heard Kyle, of Furzton, Milton Keynes, who usually worked in IT, died on 18 August at a warehouse in Newport Pagnell.

He was on a flat roof with his father when he stepped through a skylight and fell to the ground, suffering multiple injuries.

The court heard he was helping out at Broadbent Roofing, a one-man business, to repay his father for a Chelsea season ticket he had bought for him.

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