Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Gyrocopter death: Murder charge after hunt follower is hit

A 54-year-old man will appear in court today charged with the murder of a hunt supporter killed when hit by a gyrocopter.

Bryan Griffiths is due before magistrates in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, accused of killing Trevor Morse, who died of severe head injuries at Long Marston airfield on Monday.

The Crown Prosecution Service declined to give an address for Griffiths ahead of today's hearing, but he is understood to live in the Bedworth area of north Warwickshire.

In a statement released by the CPS, the district Crown prosecutor for Warwickshire, David Everett, said Griffiths had been charged with murder following a detailed and careful review of the file in the case.

Mr Morse, 48, died after he was hit by the aircraft at Long Marston, near Stratford-upon-Avon, as he followed a hunt.

Warwickshire Police said a second man arrested on suspicion of murder was released on police bail last night pending further inquiries.

Long Marston airfield, which served as an RAF base between 1941 and 1954, is now home to the Avon Microlight club, Freedom Sports Aviation, and the Shakespeare County Raceway Dragstrip.

The site is also well-known for hosting the Global Gathering dance festival and the Bulldog Bash motorbike show.

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