Dorset Police investigate death of Emiliano Sala

Dorset Police investigate death of Emiliano Sala

Published by George Sharpe at 6:28pm 19th June 2019. (Updated at 7:33am 20th June 2019)

Man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

A man's been arrested in connection with the death of footballer Emiliano Sala.

The 64-year-old man from North Yorkshire's been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by unlawful act and has been released under investigation.

The Cardiff City footballer's body was brought to Portland Port in Dorset on Thursday 7th February after the plane he was flying on came down in the water.

Dorset Police have since been investigating the circumstances of his death and the death of David Ibbotson, the pilot.

Portland Port
Portland Port

Detective Inspector Simon Huxter, of Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team (MCIT), said: "We have carried out a wide-ranging investigation into the circumstances of the death of Mr Sala and continue to work with partner agencies including the Civil Aviation Authority.

"As part of this investigation we have to consider whether there is any evidence of any suspected criminality and as a result of our enquiries we have today, Wednesday 19 June 2019, arrested a 64-year-old man from the North Yorkshire area on suspicion of manslaughter by an unlawful act. He is assisting with our enquiries and has been released from custody under investigation.

"This matter therefore is still subject to a live investigation and I would ask the media and members of the public to refrain from speculation, as this could cause additional distress to the families involved as well as potentially hinder the investigation.

"As is standard practice, we will not be releasing any further information as to the identity of the individual who has been arrested unless that person is charged to appear in court and again would discourage any speculation in relation to this."