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Power station demolished three years after worker deaths

Four men were killed when the boiler house collapsed in February 2016.

The cooling towers at the disused coal-fired Didcot power station in Oxfordshire are demolished (Steve Parsons/PA)
The cooling towers at the disused coal-fired Didcot power station in Oxfordshire are demolished (Steve Parsons/PA)

By Benjamin Cooper, PA

The remains of a coal-fired power station where four workers were killed when it collapsed several years ago have been demolished.

Cooling towers at the disused Didcot plant in Oxfordshire, owned by German group RWE, were taken down early on Sunday morning.

Christopher Huxtable, 33, from Swansea, South Wales, Kenneth Cresswell, 57, and John Shaw, 61, both from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, and Michael Collings, 53, from Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Teesside, died after the partial collapse of the boiler house at the Didcot A plant in February 2016.

Thames Valley Police and the Health and Safety Executive had launched a joint investigation to consider corporate manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter and health and safety offences.

Contracting firm Brown and Mason carried out Sunday’s demolition.

Didcot A ceased operation in 2013 after running for 43 years.

Three of its towers were demolished in 2014.

PA

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