British Holuhraun “off-roaders” innocent
Police have found “absolutely no evidence” that the two British ‘Volcano Hunters’ who hit the news yesterday for alleged illegal off-road driving in Iceland did any such thing and the investigation has been closed.
According to Sgt Aðalsteinn Júlíusson of the Húsavík Police, Matthew McHugh and Rhys Rowlands “did not admit to any offence and have not paid any fines.”
“The Holuhraun area has been studied at there is absolutely no evidence of the pair having driven off-road,” indicates Sgt Júlíusson. Allegations had arisen that the men in question had driven 12 km into the Holuhraun lava field, a protected area where is it is forbidden to leave marked tracks.
Unpleasant online remarks
Matthew McHugh and Rhys Rowlands reportedly handed themselves in to police yesterday after a police investigation into the alleged offence was launched.
The pair are said to be upset about the incident, particularly in light of the unpleasant comments received on the website from various Icelanders.
According to McHugh and Rowlands, many of their photographs were set up to look like they were doing something they were not supposed to be doing but Sgt Júlíusson confirms that there is no visible indication that they drove off-road.
The police investigation has now been closed.