Charges ruled out after Engine Shed incident


William Pleasants (lower left) died following an altercation inside the Engine Shed in October 2008. | Photo: Samuel Cox

The door staff arrested on suspicion of assaulting William Pleasants will not face any charges.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) decided on Friday that no charges will be brought and no further police action would be taken in relation to the death.

An inquest will follow this decision. Pleasants died on October 7th 2008 at the Lincoln County Hospital, after what police believed to be an altercation inside the Engine Shed in the early hours of October 4.

After the altercation, police believe door staff outside the club reportedly restrained him. The five men and one woman, all aged between 22 and 30, who were employed by a private security company as door staff at the club on the night of the incident, were arrested on suspicion of assault last year and then released on bail.

There was an inconclusive postmortem examination on Pleasants’s body. The same six individuals were re-arrested in February on suspicion of manslaughter.

The door staff were again released on bail, and will not face any charges in relation to the death following the CPS’s decision on May 1st.

William Pleasants, originally from Barrington, Cambridgeshire, was visiting his sister, a student at the University of Lincoln, and his girlfriend. On the night of the incident the three were partying at the Engine Shed, when police believe he was involved in an altercation inside.

Related reports:

The Linc | Man dies after Engine Shed ‘altercation’
Lincolnshire Echo | Charges ruled out in clubber’s death
Cambridge News | Bouncers to not face charges over death

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