Fire officers acquitted of manslaughter

Two fire officers have been acquitted of manslaughter charges following the deaths of four of their colleagues at a warehouse fire in 2007.

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Council fined £30,000 over fire deaths,full report

There is anger tonight from relatives of four firefighters who were killed in a warehouse fire five years ago. They're unhappy with a judge's comments that failings by Warwickshire fire service did not cause the deaths.

The judge fined Warwickshire County Council £30,000 for health and safety breaches. But family members say as far as they're concerned, the fire service has "blood on its hands" and has escaped more severe punishment.

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Warwickshire County Council due for sentencing

Fire at a warehouse on an industrial estate in Atherstone On Stour, Warwickshire. Saturday November 3, 2007
Fire at a warehouse on an industrial estate in Atherstone On Stour, Warwickshire. Saturday November 3, 2007 Credit: PA

Warwickshire County Council is due to be sentenced later over the deaths of four firefighters.

The men died in a fire at a warehouse in Atherstone on Stour in 2007.

The council has pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety legislation.

Earlier this year three senior fire officers were cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence.

Court hears council failed in three areas to protect firemen

A court has heard how Warwickshire County Council failed in three areas to protect 4-firemen who were killed in a blaze in Atherstone on Stour in 2007.

Today Stafford Crown Court heard that the council failed in areas of training, inspection of buildings and getting operational information to firefighters.

The council has already pleaded guilty to breaching some health and safety legislation. Earlier this year three senior fire officers who were in charge of the operation were cleared of manslaughter by gross negligence. The trial continues.

More than five years since deaths of four firefighters

 Darren Yates-Badley and Ashley Stephens died in the blaze.
Darren Yates-Badley and Ashley Stephens died in the blaze. Credit: PA

It has been more than five years since four firefighters were killed in a warehouse blaze in Atherstone-on-Stour, Warwickshire.

Darren Yates-Badley, Ashley Stephens and John Averis died during the blaze while Ian Reid died in hospital after being pulled from the wreckage.

Ian Reid died later in hospital while John Averis was found dead at the warehouse.
Ian Reid died later in hospital while John Averis was found dead at the warehouse. Credit: PA

Their deaths represent the greatest loss of life among British firefighters in a single incident for 30 years.

Two senior fire officers, Timothy Woodward, 51, and Adrian Ashley, 45, were found not guilty of manslaughter over the incident in May 2012 while Paul Simmons was ordered to be acquitted by a judge.

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Row over investigation into deaths of four fire fighters from Warwickshire

by Mark Gough

A row has broken out over an investigation into the deaths of four fire fighters from Warwickshire. The men died in a warehouse fire in 2007 but yesterday their bosses were cleared of manslaughter.

The detective who dealt with the case told Central Tonight that the investigation was hampered by a union representing the fire service.

Families of firefighters killed in a fire five years ago talk about their loss.

Fay Yates Badley the widow of Darren Yates Badley talks at a news conference held at Warwickshire Police headquarters this morning.

The four firemen died when they were sent into a burning building in Atherstone on Stour in 2007.

Yesterday their three bosses were cleared of their manslaughter by gross negligence.

Fire officers acquitted of manslaughter in fire trial

by Mark Gough

Three senior fire officers have been cleared of the manslaughter by gross negligence of four of their colleagues who died after being sent in to fight a fire five years ago.

The prosecution said the senior officers - who were in charge of the fire fighting operation - shouldn't have sent the men in because there was no one inside the building to be saved.

Warwickshire Police has criticised the fire service for not being helpful enough during the investigation. The fire service has denied this and is now writing to the home office demanding an investigation into why the three men were charged.

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