Manchester

Six charged over delivery driver's death in Ashton-under-Lyne

James Ray Image copyright Greater Manchester Police
Image caption James Ray suffered serious head injuries while unloading washing powder from his van

Six men have been charged in connection with the death of a delivery driver following a suspected car-jacking in Greater Manchester last year.

James Ray died on his 70th birthday after either being pushed or falling during a robbery at Plantation Industrial Estate in Ashton-under-Lyne.

The robbery happened while he was unloading washing powder at a laundry.

Three of the men were charged with manslaughter and aggravated vehicle taking, police said.

All six men, aged between 20 and 44 from the Greater Manchester, are charged with conspiracy to steal. They will appear at Tameside Magistrates Court later.

'Gone wrong'

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Image caption Police responded to a report of a serious assault at Plantation Industrial Estate in Ashton-under-Lyne

Mr Ray, a grandfather-of-four from Easingwold near York, died in Hope Hospital the day after what police said was a "robbery gone wrong".

He had been working part-time for a family firm, based in Tockwith, York, delivering supplies to the cleaning industry.

His grey transit van was stolen from the scene and later found abandoned on Clarence Street in Stalybridge.

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