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March 1, 2016

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Didcot power station: Four-minute silence

A four-minute silence is being held exactly one week after a fatal collapse at Didcot power station, in which one person died and five were injured.

Three people are still missing following the incident at the Oxfordshire site on 23 February, with searches still under way.

The Revd Hannah Reynolds of St Peter’s Church, Didcot, said: “It’s weighing very heavily on the community. It’s a feeling of agony of not knowing.”

The five injured people have been discharged from John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and are expected to make a full recovery.

One person, named as Michael Collings, is confirmed to have died when part of the decommissioned Didcot A plant collapsed as it was being prepared for demolition. The cause of the collapse is unknown.

Demolition company Coleman and Company will hold the service at 16:00 GMT. The company was due to be demolish the building in the coming weeks

The firm said it was “a sign of respect to our men, their families, friends and work colleagues”.

The company has asked members of the demolition, construction and local communities to join the silence.

A search operation involving sniffer dogs, listening devices and a thermal imaging drone continues as rescuers try to locate the missing workers.

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