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September 12, 2016

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Final missing body recovered at Didcot Power Station


Thames Valley Police have confirmed that the final body recovered at Didcot Power Station yesterday (11 September) has been formally identified as John Shaw from Rotherham.

His family have been informed and are being supported by specially trained police Family Liaison Officers, Thames Valley police said, adding: “Our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.”

A joint Thames Valley Police and Health Safety Executive (HSE) investigation is on-going to establish the circumstances of his death.

Mr Shaw was one of four men who died during a partial collapse at the Didcot A plant in February.

On 31 August the body of Christopher Huxtable was located and on Wednesday 7 September the missing body of Ken Cresswell was found.

The three men have been missing ever since the partial collapse of the structure when it was due for demolition.

A fourth man, Michael Collings, 53, from Brotton, Teesside, died from multiple injuries. His death was confirmed shortly after a major incident was declared at the site.

All four men were employed by Coleman & Company. Mark Coleman, Managing Director said “For the families, the loss of their husbands, partners, fathers, brothers and sons is an absolute tragedy and everyone at Coleman & Company is deeply sorry for their loss.  The families of Chris Huxtable, Kenny Cresswell and John Shaw, have had to endure an agonising wait for their loved ones to be recovered and during this time we have witnessed a spirit of togetherness and support for each other. All the families are in our thoughts and prayers and we remain committed to supporting them in anyway we can.

“We wish to express our heart felt thanks to RWE who took a leading role in planning the work that allowed recovery operations to continue, Alford Technologies who undertook remote demolition and Brown and Mason who provided people, plant and equipment to undertake the most sensitive aspects of the recovery operation in the most difficult of circumstances.

“Finally, our thanks go to the incredible work of the emergency services, rescue teams and all the volunteers who have taken part in the past 7 months. We are in your debt.”

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