A BRIGHOUSE man's turmoil continues after being arrested on suspicion of manslaughter.

Experienced motorbike racing events organiser Trevor Duckworth was the clerk of the course at a motorcycle sprint on the Isle of Man which ended in tragedy when one of the competitors died.

Sixty-year-old Mr Duckworth was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter in early February and told to answer his bail last Thursday.

But that bail date has been extended until April 13 while investigations into the crash continue.

Mr Duckworth, who runs the Brighouse-based Straightliners Racing Club, has the full support of the International Organisation of Professional Drivers, which inspects and oversees public safety and sets standards.

The group's legal and technical director, Steve Murty, described Mr Duckworth as "a pioneer in safety."

He said the case could have serious implications for anyone who organises potentially risky events.

The man who died in the accident last August 31 was 61-year-old John Owen, from Wales.

The tragedy happened during the first-ever Port Erin Classic Sprint, held as part of the Manx Grand Prix.

The event was held over 220 yards and tested the acceleration of bikes from a standing start.

The Straightliners club has been in existence for 10 years and Mr Duckworth has been organising motor sport events on the Isle of Man since 1978.

After opening an inquest into Mr Owen's death, Manx coroner Michael Moyle asked the police to investigate the crash. Police are now working closely with staff from the island's health and safety office.