A MAN has been charged with manslaughter following the death of a dancer at a Dorset festival.

Louella Eve Fletcher-Michie, 25, died at Bestival in the early hours of Monday, September 11.

Ceon Broughton, 28, who was known to Miss Fletcher-Michie, was initially arrested on suspicion of murder and released under investigation. On Friday, he was instead charged with manslaughter after being re-arrested at a property in Enfield, London. He is due to appear before magistrates in Poole on Friday March 23.

Senior Investigating Officer Neil Devoto, of Dorset Police's Major Crime Investigation Team, said: "Following a detailed investigation, we have consulted with the Crown Prosecution Service, which has authorised a charge of manslaughter.

“It is important to stress – as is typical in such circumstances – that it would be entirely inappropriate for Dorset Police to comment further ahead of the trial.

“It is also important that nothing is published online or on social media that could affect a future criminal case. It is vital that the justice system is allowed to follow its course.

"Louella's family has been updated with this development and our thoughts remain with them at this very difficult time."

John Montague, senior district crown prosecutor for the CPS in Wessex, said: “Following a careful review of the evidence provided to me by Dorset Police I have today authorised the charge of Ceon Broughton with an offence of manslaughter by gross negligence, following the death of Louella Fletcher-Mitchie on September 11 2017 at Bestival, which was held in Dorset.

“The CPS reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against Mr Broughton are now active and that he has a right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.”

Miss Fletcher-Michie's body was found in a wooded area on the edge of the festival site at Lulworth Castle. Officers from Dorset Police had been alerted to reports of a concern for welfare shortly before 1am.

An initial post-mortem examination carried out shortly after Miss Fletcher-Michie's death showed no clear signs of an assault. Further examinations have since been carried out, including toxicology tests.

Miss Fletcher-Michie was the daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, 60, and wife Carol, a former Hot Gossip singer.