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Kent man's tyre explosion death reopened by CPS

Matthew Hoare
Matthew Hoare's case is to be reconsidered by lawyers

The case of a 21-year-old man who died at work when a tyre exploded is to be reopened by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

Matthew Hoare, of Chartham, Kent, died in January 2006.

He was working for Watling Tyres in Canterbury, and had been sent on a job in Sandwich when the incident happened.

The CPS, which had decided not to prosecute, said a senior lawyer would look at the case again. Watling Tyres said they were unaware of the decision.

Asker Husain, of the CPS Special Crime Division, said: "Having given careful consideration to an application for a judicial review of our decision not to instigate a prosecution for gross negligence manslaughter in relation to the tragic death of Matthew Hoare, the CPS has agreed to look at this case again.

A decision will be made as soon as practicable
Asker Husain

"A senior lawyer from the CPS Special Crime Division has been assigned to do this and has instructed a senior independent QC to assist in the process.

"A decision will be made as soon as practicable."

Andrew Wright, from Watling Tyres, said the company had not been aware that the CPS had ever decided not to prosecute.

He said the firm was certainly not aware that lawyers had now decided to look at the case again.

Mr Wright declined to comment further.

Family campaign

Matthew's mother, Carolyn Hoare, said: "The sooner I get some conclusion - and hopefully that being justice for Matthew - the sooner the better."

And she added: "I'm going to fight, fight every day, until I get what I want for my son."

At the time of Mr Hoare's death, the family claimed there had been breaches of health and safety law.

The Hoare family went on to fight a long-running campaign about delays in the police investigation, and also complained about their long wait to find out if anyone would be charged.

Earlier this year, lawyers for the family said the complaint against Kent Police had been resolved informally.


The family are expecting a decision within three months

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