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Body found at Didcot power station

1 Sep 16 Contractors removing building rubble at Didcot power station have found a body.

The scene back in March
The scene back in March

The body was found on Wednesday 31st August 2016.

Three men have been missing since 23rd February when the boiler house of Didcot A power station in Oxfordshire collapsed unexpectedly during preparations for a controlled demolition.

The body of Michael Collins was recovered immediately but Ken Cresswell, John Shaw and Chris Huxtable have remained unaccounted for. All four worked for Coleman & Company. Demolition work on site has since been taken over by Brown & Mason

News of the discovery of a body under the rubble was confirmed by Thames Valley Police. In a statement the police said: “The families of the three men missing since the collapse have been informed and are being supported by specially trained Thames Valley Police officers.

“The contractors have paused the removal of debris so that specialists from Thames Valley Police and Oxfordshire Fire & Rescue and the South Central Ambulance Service Hazardous Area Recovery Team (HART), can enter the site.

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“The safe recovery of the body will take place and the disaster victim identification process will commence. The person has not yet been formally identified and this will be a matter for the coroner.”

Mark Coleman, managing director of Coleman & Co, said: “It’s been more than six months since the terrible accident at Didcot. I know these have been the most dreadful days for the families of our three missing friends and colleagues – Chris Huxtable, John Shaw and Ken Cresswell.

“We continue and will continue to offer our full support to their families as the recovery operation continues.

“It has been a pain-staking and difficult operation on site at Didcot and I would like to pay tribute to the dedication of the teams on the ground, who are working so closely with RWE Npower, the HSE and police. I can’t thank you enough for all you are doing.”

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