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Uncertainty surrounds release of North Yorkshire man

David Simpson spent several months in jail in the Central African Republic Photo: Simpson family

The Foreign Office has denied reports that a North Yorkshire pilot has been cleared of all charges after being jailed in Africa and is free to travel home.

David Simpson was arrested almost five months ago in the Central African Republic after he stumbled upon a gruesome scene in the bush involving 13 bodies, and informed local officials.

He was working as a manager and pilot for a safari company.

The 24-year-old was held in Ngaragba Central Prison in the capital, Bangui, before being moved to his boss's compound after the jail was stormed by rioters and destroyed earlier this month.

Media reports suggest he is now waiting for official permission to fly back to the family home in North Yorkshire after charges against him were dropped, but the Foreign Office says it believes his case has not yet been fully resolved.

His family have told ITV News that he is waiting for his passport to be returned from the authorities and they have heard no official news of his release.

Mr Simpson was released to his boss's compound on medical grounds last week after a malaria attack.

The pilot, whose family run a pheasant farm in Gillamoor, North Yorkshire, found the bodies in March as he was going through dense forest in Bakouma, an area in the south-east of the country.

They were tied together and mutilated.

He said he was astonished when the authorities thought he might have been involved.

Many commentators have linked the killings to supporters of Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony, who is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity.

The Foreign Office said as the case has not been formally concluded, Mr Simpson is not yet free to leave the Central African Republic but it hoped that will change shortly.

Watch Claire Montgomery's report from David Simpson's home village.