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Remains recovered from Bosley mill blast site

Published 27/07/2015

Four people died in the huge explosion in Bosley
Four people died in the huge explosion in Bosley

Further remains have been recovered from the wreckage of a huge explosion at a wood flour mill.

Four workers at Wood Treatment Ltd in the village of Bosley, Cheshire, were unaccounted for following the blast at the plant on the morning of Friday July 17.

Derek Moore, 62, has been identified as one of the victims, while the two other bodies recovered last week are thought to be those of William Barks, 51, and Dorothy Bailey, 62.

The search for their colleague, Jason Shingler, 28, continued over the weekend.

Today Cheshire Police said: "Officers from Cheshire Constabulary, Cheshire Fire & Rescue and the Urban Search and Rescue team have recovered remains, which were removed and taken to the Royal Liverpool Hospital for post-mortem examination.

"This was undertaken this afternoon and further forensic tests are required for identification purposes.

"Investigators from the police, fire and Health & Safety Executive (HSE) continue to work on site to establish the cause of the incident.

"This has been an extremely difficult and distressing time for all involved, and especially for the families of the victims. A number of agencies have provided support for the community in the wake of this devastating incident.

"Additionally, the officers from the different emergency services have acted with great courage and it has been heartening to see the community rally round together to support not only the recovery effort, but also each other and the families of the victims."

The HSE served Wood Treatment Ltd with improvement notices two years ago in which it warned of a risk of an explosion or fire, although the company complied with the notice.

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