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Barrow architect faces retrial over legionnaires' deaths

The council architect accused of the manslaughter of seven people in Britain's worst outbreak of legionnaires' disease will face a retrial, Preston Crown Court heard today (Tuesday 26 April).

Gillian Beckingham, 46, faced seven counts of manslaughter following the outbreak at an arts centre in Barrow, Cumbria, in the summer of 2002.

A jury at Preston Crown Court found Beckingham guilty of breaching health and safety laws last week following an eight-week trial, but failed to reach verdicts on the seven manslaughter counts, and was discharged on Friday (22 April).

Today, Alistair Webster QC, prosecuting, said the Crown Prosecution Service had decided that Beckingham should face a retrial.

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