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Rob Spray petition passes 100,000 mark

By Richard Guttridge | Cannock | News | Published:

A petition calling for a Government investigation into the death of an England fan in Bulgaria has reached enough signatures to be debated in Parliament.

Rob Spray

More than 100,000 people have now signed the petition set up by a friend of Rob Spray, from Heath Hayes, Cannock.

The 22-year-old's family have demanded answers about what happened to him after he died in police custody in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

Lorry driver Mr Spray had flown for a friend's 30th birthday to watch England's Euro 2020 qualifier in October.

Bulgarian authorities said he died in transit to a police station after earlier being found in a "helpless condition".

A post-mortem examination found he died from cardiac arrest.

Roger Wootton, who started the petition calling for the Foreign Office to launch its own investigation, said family and friends had been "left in limbo not getting help to find out what happened". Mr Spray's inquest has been scheduled for April.

The Government says petitions which reach the 100,000 mark "are almost always debated".

Richard Guttridge

By Richard Guttridge
Investigations Editor - @RichG_star

Investigations Editor for the Express & Star.

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