Men will not be charged with manslaughter over Ford industrial accident

Four men will not face criminal prosecution for manslaughter by gross negligence over a death at an industrial site in Ford.

The four are, a 62-year-old from Wickham, Hampshire, a 26-year-old from Fareham, Hampshire, a 47-year-old man from Birdham near Chichester and a 50-year-old man from Bognor Regis.

They had been arrested in September and October, following the death of 66-year-old Lindsay Campbell, from Cunningham Road, Waterlooville, Hampshire, in an incident at South Coast Skips, Rudford Industrial Estate, Ford, on July 25.

They were subsequently released on police bail until December 6, but they have now been informed they have been stood down from that requirement.

The investigation was carried out by detectives from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team with the support of the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service it has been decided there is insufficient evidence to initiate criminal proceedings for manslaughter.

However the HSE are now taking the lead in the investigation and are considering prosecutions for offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act.

Mr Campbell’s family have been informed.