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Wood flour mill blast body identified

By Alex Diaz

A body found in the search for four workers killed in a huge explosion at a wood flour mill has been identified as Derek Moore.

After post-mortem examinations on the remains recovered from the wreckage at the Wood Treatment Limited plant in the village of Bosley, Cheshire, police confirmed one of the bodies was that of 62-year-old Mr Moore.

Formal identification of the other two bodies is yet to take place, but they are thought to be those of William Barks (51) and Dorothy Bailey (62)

Their colleague Jason Shingler (38) also remains unaccounted for following last Friday's explosion, which was followed by a 1,000C inferno.

A Cheshire Constabulary spokesman said: "Following a Home Office post-mortem, the coroner has confirmed that the body that was found earlier today is that of Mr Derek Moore, aged 62. Mr Moore's family have been updated on this development.

"Family liaison officers continue to work closely with all those affected and continue to work with them to offer them all the advice and support they need during what is a very difficult time.

"The joint investigation is continuing to establish the cause of the incident."

Relatives of the victims have laid flowers at the scene.

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