Campaigning MEP Anthea McIntyre has raised the case of tragic football fan Robert Spray with a senior Bulgarian politician - and gained assurances that the investigation into his death will be thorough and timely.

Miss McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, met Bulgarian MEP Angel Djambazki at the European Parliament in Strasbourg to highlight  the concerns of Mr Spray's family over the circumstances of his death when he travelled to Sofia to support England.

She said Mr Djambazki, whose Bulgarian National Movement party forms part of his country's coalition government, expressed deep sympathy for the bereaved family and said he would do all he could to ensure they received the answers they sought as soon as possible.

Miss McIntyre was invited to help by Mr Spray's then Cannock Chase MP, now Conservative candidate, Amanda Milling, who is aiding the family in their quest for information.

Mr Spray died of cardiac arrest in a police car after officers removed him from a hospital where he was being treated after he collapsed.

Miss McIntyre said: "Mr Djambazki has direct lines of communication with the relevant ministry in Bulgaria and has already received background briefings.

"He feels very strongly for the family's plight and assures us he will keep us updated about the progress of the investigation.

"He is satisfied that the correct toxicology reports and witness statements have been filed - but they cannot be made public until the investigation as a whole is completed.

"He insists that suggestions that this could take up to four years are entirely wrong and believes a thorough investigation can be completed in a matter of a few months.

"It was an encouraging meeting and I will continue to liaise with him to keep Mr Spray's relatives informed."