Search for missing Rotherham men continues

Didcot power station
Didcot power station
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The search for two Rotherham men killed when a power station they were demolishing collapsed has resumed.

Explosives were used to bring down the remainder of the collapsed boiler house at Didcot power station in Oxfordshire yesterday, after it was previously deemed too dangerous to search.

Four men died in the collapse in February, including Ken Cresswell, 57 and John Shaw, 61, from Rotherham, and Chris Huxtable, 34, from Swansea, whose bodies have not yet been found.

Site owner RWE Npower said in a statement: "The demolition was carried out with the help of remote operated robots for safety reasons and went ahead as planned. All of the structure was brought down.

"We understand that the time taken to locate Ken Cresswell, Chris Huxtable and John Shaw has been deeply upsetting for their families.

"Now that the building has been brought down an inspection has confirmed that the area and debris pile are safe and our contractors have resumed the recovery operation.

"We will continue working seven days a week, 12 hours a day to help return these families' loved ones to them as soon as possible."

Thames Valley Police said in a statement: "The absolute priority of our multi-agency response remains the recovery of the missing men, so they can be returned to their families, and to understand what caused this tragic incident."