Dorset news

Detectives investigating the death of a man in the Holton Heath near Wareham in Dorset have charged a man with manslaughter.

Jason James of Torquay, aged 41, was arrested on 5 March and will appear before Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court today (7 March).

Police received a report of a serious assault at Sandford Holiday Park along Organford Road at around 2.20am on Saturday morning (5 March). They discovered a man with serious injuries, who sadly died at the scene.

Senior investigating officer Detective Inspector Mark Samuel, of Dorset Police’s Major Crime Investigation Team, said: “Following a fast-moving and thorough investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service who authorised the charge of manslaughter.

“Family liaison officers have updated the victim’s family with this development and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“Detectives continue to work on this investigation and I would appeal to any witnesses at Sandford Holiday Park, who are yet to speak with police, to contact us urgently.

“It is also important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.”

Witnesses and anyone with information should call Dorset Police in confidence on 101 quoting incident number 5:40. Alternatively, call the free and anonymous Crimestoppers line on 0800 555 111 where mobile phone tariffs may apply.

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