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Jailed pilot returns to Africa

David Simpson on previous visit to Africa Credit: family photo

A pilot from North Yorkshire who spent five months in a Central African Republic jail on a mass murder charge has returned to the country. David Simpson has gone back to the war-torn area less than two months after being cleared of killing 13 illegal gold miners.

The 25 year old now plans to set up a string of businesses and a charitable wildlife haven in the place where he worked as a bush pilot for a big-game hunting firm.

"Homecoming" party for imprisoned North Yorkshire pilot

The family of a North Yorkshire pilot who has been imprisoned in the Central African Republic are holding a party at their home in his honour.

David Simpson from Gillamoor, near Kirbymoorside has been in jail since April. He was arrested after reporting a massacre he says he stumbled upon.

David Simpson

His family are holding the party, which was originally intended as a homecoming celebration, to maintain their support for him.


North Yorkshire pilot freed by rioters

David Simpson under house arrest in Africa after riot Credit: ITV Yorkshire

A man from North Yorkshire locked up in an African jail since March is now under house arrest after rioters destroyed the prison he was in. David Simpson has been held without charge after finding eighteen bodies in the Central African Republic jungle.

David, from Kirbymoorside, was working for a safari company at the time. Reports say looters with machetes broke into the jail and started to attack David and other prisoners. He is now under house arrest at his employer's compound and able to enjoy more freedom.

Hope for detained pilot's family

The family of a North Yorkshire pilot languishing in an African jail as a suspect in a mass murder say they have been given fresh hope that he will be freed - after being told the Prime Minister has become involved.

David Simpson was arrested in the Central African Republic after reporting that he had found 18 bodies in the South East of the country. But the authorities there have accused him of being involved. Today his family held a meeting at the Foreign Office in London from where Ben Erlam reports.


Man held in Africa on suspicion of murder

It has been confirmed a man from North Yorkshire who was locked up in Africa after discovering bodies is being held on suspicion of murder.

24 year old David Simpson was arrested almost six weeks ago in the Central African Republic and has been held in jail since then. It followed him reporting to police the bodies of 18 men in the remote bush.

On his family's Facebook page they have said it has been confirmed Mr Simpson is being held on suspicion of murder, but they are seeing the start of a third investigation into what happened as a positive mood.