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TWO people have been arrested after police discovered they were planning to help a pensioner end his life.

Sussex police were told that a man and a woman from West Sussex were planning to take the man to the controversial Dignitas clinic in Switzerland so he could die there.

The mental capacity of the vulnerable 71-year-old is being assessed to determine whether he can make decisions.

A 25-year-old man and a 65-year-old woman from the Chichester area were arrested on Thursday, August 8, on suspicion of encouraging or assisting a suicide.

Both have been released on bail without charge until October 8 while officers carry out further inquiries.

Police say it is an offence to encourage or assist suicide under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009.

An investigation is being carried out to determine whether any crime has been committed or whether one is likely to happen if they don’t take action.