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Man charged with manslaughter of prison officer

Nick Medlin died in the early hours of Christmas Day.

A 32-year-old man has been charged with the manslaughter of a prison officer who died during a night out in the early hours of Christmas Day.

Father-of-two Nick Medlin, from Ventnor, Isle of Wight, died following the incident in Pier Street in the town.

Police attended the scene but the 57-year-old, who played bass in a punk band called Manufactured Romance, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Michael Hudson, of no fixed address, has been charged with manslaughter and was remanded to appear at Portsmouth Magistrates' Court on Thursday.

Two men, aged 31 and 26, who were arrested on suspicion of murder have been bailed until April 11 pending further inquiries.

Mr Medlin's family said in a statement released through Hampshire police: "We are completely devastated and totally heartbroken by the tragic death of Nick on Christmas Eve.

"The family wishes to thank everyone for their kind tributes and ask for privacy to grieve at this very sad time."

A prison staff blogger called Know The Danger posted on Facebook that Mr Medlin and his wife Dani moved to the Isle of Wight three years ago while their sons, Joe and Charlie, stayed on the mainland to study.

He said Mr Medlin joined the Prison Service at the age of 55 and worked at HMP Parkhurst.