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Timeline: deaths of four firefighters in Warwickshire

Darren Yates-Badley and Ashley Stephens died in the blaze Photo: PA
  • 3 November 2007: Firefighter sent to hospital confirmed as dead as fire breaks out at an industrial warehouse. Three other firefighters are reported missing.
  • 5 November 2007: Four firefighters confirmed dead are named as Ian Reid, 44, John Averis, 27, Darren Yates-Badley, 24, and Ashley Stephens, 21.
  • 20 November: Inquest held into the deaths of the firefighters. Families say they are no nearer to finding out how their loved ones died.
  • 16 January 2008: The Health and Safety Executive accuse Warwickshire Fire Service of breaking health and safety laws by not giving firefighters enough information about the fire.
  • 7 May 2009: Three men and a woman are arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. They are later released without charge.
Ian Reid died later in hospital while John Averis was found dead at the warehouse. Credit: PA
  • 27 January 2010: Police say they want to question three fire service managers who were involved in the command process on the day of the fire.
  • 24 March: Three men arrested and questioned on suspicion of gross negligence, manslaughter and offences under the Health and Safety Act.
  • 28 February 2011: Three fire service managers charged with manslaughter. Also announced Warwickshire County Council are charged with failing to ensure the health and safety of its workers following the fire.
  • 6 May: Timothy Woodward, Paul Simmons and Adrian Ashley appear in court charged with manslaughter by gross negligence.
  • 20 January 2012: Warwickshire County Council plead guilty to failing to ensure the health and safety of the four firefighters.
  • 20 April: A trial hears the prosecution say how the four firefighters died needlessly because they were sent into a burning building even though no one was inside who needed rescuing.
  • 20 May: The judge instructs the jury to find Paul Simmons not guilty. He said Mr Simmons handed over control before the order was given to send the four men in.
  • 30 May: Timothy Woodward and Adrian Ashley are cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence. Warwickshire Police criticise the fire service for not being helpful enough during the investigation. The fire service deny this and write to the Home Office demanding an investigation into why the three men were charged.

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