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Briton in Gumball death re-arrest
Albanian Prime Minister Sali Berisha (L) chats with German driver Stephan Ohneck
The rally has been called off
A Briton has been re-arrested by Macedonian police over a crash during an international car rally which left two pensioners dead.

Nicholas Morley and Matthew McConville, from Greater Manchester, were taking part in the Gumball 3000 event when they were in a collision on 2 May.

The men released on Friday, but a Gumball 3000 spokeswoman said Mr Morley had been taken back into custody.

Vladimir Cepulyoski, 67, and his wife Margarita died after the crash.

The cause of his death was a heart attack after the crash, while his wife died on Friday.

Meanwhile, the rally has been called off.

The Gumball 3000 - which costs 28,000 to enter - involves more than 100 cars driving 3,000 miles from London to Athens and back on public roads.

Mr Morley, 30, from Bowdon, Greater Manchester, and Mr McConville, 36, from Prestwich, Greater Manchester, were travelling on a road towards Kafasan - on the border with Albania - when the collision happened.

Further investigations

Mr Morley was charged with endangering traffic and abandoning an accident victim, according to the Associated Press.

The Gumball 3000 spokeswoman could not say whether Mr McConville had returned to the UK, but it is understood he is free to leave Macedonia.

The Gumball rally has been a draw for the rich and famous for almost a decade, with entrants enjoying the thrill of their high-powered sports cars by day and lavish parties by night.

Founder Maximillion Cooper revealed in a statement that the rally was ending in Bratislava on Thursday night as a mark of respect following the deaths.




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