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Monday, 13 May, 2002, 20:51 GMT 21:51 UK
Bridge death case dropped
Ian Lowery
Ian Lowery's death in 1996 remains unexplained
A man arrested on suspicion of involvement in the 1996 death of a Gloucestershire warehouse worker has had the case against him dropped.

The 49-year-old Gloucestershire man was arrested by police in March as part of a re-investigation into the death of Ian Lowery, of Churchdown, near Gloucester.

Mr Lowery, aged 28, was killed when he fell from a railway bridge in his home village and was hit by an oncoming train.

A Gloucestershire Police spokeswoman said the Crown Prosecution Service would not be proceeding with the case against the man.

exhumation in graveyard
Ian Lowery's body was exhumed last year

"We have been advised that there is insufficient evidence to proceed," she said.

The spokeswoman added that Mr Lowery's parents had been kept fully informed of the situation.

Mr Lowery had been drinking at a pub in Churchdown in the hours before his death.

He had left to buy chips at a local Chinese takeaway but never returned home.

His body was found on a railway line the following day.

At the time, police believed he had fallen from Pirton Lane bridge and been hit by the train .

Body exhumed

At an inquest in Gloucester in October 1996, a jury returned a verdict of misadventure, but police said they were treating the death as "suspicious".

Two years later, seven men and a woman were arrested on suspicion of murder.

However, no charges were ever brought and Mr Lowery's parents, Rob and Barbara, launched a campaign to get the inquest verdict quashed and the case reopened.

After the Lowery family complained about the handling of the case to the Police Complaints Authority in Gloucestershire, a fresh inquiry was launched.

Last year police were granted permission to exhume Mr Lowery's body in order to carry out a further examination and an appeal was made on BBC's Crimewatch programme.

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