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Families devastated after Didcot power station recovery called off

The search for three men in the Didcot power station has been called off. Credit: Steve Parsons / PA

By Rupert Evelyn, ITV News' West of England Correspondent

No work, no rush, there's not even a plan to find three bodies. Thirteen weeks after the power station collapsed and no-one can give the families a clear answer.

Now the search has been called off and Chris Huxtable's family are no closer to getting him back than they were the day he was buried beneath the wreckage.

Natallie Huxtable said the family feel as though they are living in limbo and "back to square one".

She added: "Nothing is being done. They need to get people in to sort this out. You can't just keep leaving three poor men laying there. Hard working men laying there dead - where's the dignity in that?

"It's not fair, why should we live like this? Three hard-working men and they've been left to rot".

Even though they know where the bodies of Chris Huxtable, Ken Cresswell and John Shaw are, health and safety prevents recovery.

The scene at Didcot Power Station, Oxfordshire. Credit: Steve Parsons / PA

A 50 metre exclusion zone is in place and will remain until the rest of the structure is brought down.

RWE, who own the site, say they are doing all they can. But the health and safety executive HSE confirmed to ITV News that are still waiting for a demolition plan.

A statement from RWE Npower said it was forced to restrict access to the recovery area.

Since the tragic accident at our Didcot site on 23 February 2016, we have been doing everything possible to locate and recover the missing men, Ken Cresswell, John Shaw and Chris Huxtable as quickly and as safely as possible.

Our contractors have now reached the 50m safety exclusion zone, which is in place as the remainder of the structure is currently considered unstable. Sadly, this means that, until the remaining standing structure can be safely brought down, we have restricted access to the recovery area.

We understand that the time it is taking to recover these men is deeply distressing for their families, and we are in contact with them. Our absolute priority is to recover their loved ones as quickly and as safely as possible.

– RWE Npower