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M5 crash case dismissed

A Judge has dismissed the case against Geoffrey Counsell. The fireworks organiser was accused of failing to ensure the safety of others when he put on a display near the M5 in Taunton. 7 people died in a large crash on the same night.

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Council to reconsider fireworks display guidance

Taunton Deane Borough Council say they will reconsider the guidance for putting on large fireworks displays following the acquittal of an organiser Geoffrey Counsell.

Mt Counsell was accused of failing to ensure safety when he organised a display at a rugby club near to where 7 people died in a crash on the M5.

The Council is now seeking to work closely with the relevant authorities to see if the current guidance regarding large fireworks displays, such as the one at Taunton Rugby Club, is appropriate. We also pledge our support for any changes that may be deemed necessary. Our primary concern is to minimise the risks of this type of unimaginable incident happening again.

On behalf of the Council, I would like to extend my deepest sympathy to the families of the bereaved and the families and friends of all those affected by these terrible events.

I would also pay tribute to all those who showed such bravery at the scene, to all the emergency services and to staff at the hospitals where the injured were treated.

There will be a Coroner’s inquest in due course and the Coroner may make recommendations having heard the evidence laid before the inquest.

– Cllr John Williams, Council Leader, Taunton Deane Borough Council

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