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North Yorkshire man held over African machete massacre

David Simpson (left), 24, is being detained in the Central African Republic after discovering bodies near a local river Photo: ITV News

A man from North Yorkshire is being held in prison in Africa after discovering 'bodies with machete wounds'.

David Simpson, 24, moved from his home near Pickering to the Central African Republic two years ago to work on a game reserve.

His family say he went for a drink at a river nearby when he found the bodies with machetes wounds to the backs of their heads.

David reported his discovery to the local authorities, who took him to the prison in the capital city Bangui, where he has been held without charge for a month.

His family say he has been wrongly accused of carrying out the killings himself.

The Justice Minister for the Central African Republic says the case will be brought before a Magistrate next week.

The British Foreign Office is providing consular assistance to David Simpson.

ITV's Africa Correspondent Rohit Kachroo, said that David Simpson was being held in a country with a "flimsy government" and is essentially a "failed state".

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