Fireworks organiser charged with killing Newport couple in M5 smash

First published in News

A fireworks display organiser has been charged with seven counts of manslaughter, including a Newport couple,  after a motorway crash.

Geoffrey Counsell, from Somerset, organised a fireworks display at Taunton Rugby Club on November 4  last year next to the M5 motorway.

Seven people were killed, including Newport grandparents Anthony and Pamela Adams, and 51 injured in the crash that involved 34 vehicles.

In a joint statement, Avon and Somerset Police and the Crown Prosecution Service said: "The Crown Prosecution Service has authorised Avon and Somerset Police to charge Geoffrey Counsell with seven counts of manslaughter.

"It was clear from the investigation carried out by Avon and Somerset Police that there was insufficient evidence to prosecute for driver error and therefore no action will be taken against any motorists.

"The CPS also considered the culpability of Taunton Rugby Club and reached the conclusion that there is insufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction."

Mr Counsell is due to appear before Bristol Magistrates' Court on 12 November.

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