Search for bodies of Rotherham men due to resume

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The search for the bodies of two Rotherham men killed during the collapse of a power plant five months ago is due to resume.

The search for the bodies of two Rotherham men killed during the collapse of a power plant five months ago is due to resume.

It was called off in May over safety fears, but now a plan has been drawn up for the demolition of the remainder of the Didcot power station boiler house in Oxfordshire, with experts due to carry out the work on Sunday morning.

Explosives will be used to bring down the building and once deemed safe the search and body recovery operation will continue.

Four men died when the power station collapsed during demolition work in February, but only one body was ever found.

Ken Cresswell, aged 57 and John Shaw, 61, both from Rotherham, and Christopher Huxtable, 34, from Swansea, remain missing.

The length of time their families have had to wait for their remains to be found has been criticised by some relatives, with Rotherham MP Sarah Champion branding it a 'national disgrace'.

A spokesman for RWE Generation UK, which owns the power plant, said: "Since the partial collapse of the Didcot power station RWE Generation UK’s priority has been to recover the three men still missing following this tragic accident as quickly and as safely as possible.

"To progress with this recovery operation, the remaining section of the boiler house has to be brought down.

"As soon as the building has been brought down and an inspection confirms the structure has been demolished and the area is safe, contractors will immediately mobilise to resume

the recovery operation."