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Atherstone on Stour Fire

Two senior firefighters have been found not guilty in the trial into the death of four fire fighters, Ashley Stephens, Darren Yates-Badley, John Averis and Ian Reid, who died at a warehouse blaze in 2007 in Atherstone on Stour.

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Fire officers read a statement outside court

Tim Woodward (centre) and Adrian Ashley (right) were acquitted of their charges with gross negligence manslaughter in February last year following a criminal inquiry into the deaths of four fire fighters

A third defendant, Paul Simmons (left), was acquitted of manslaughter on the directions of the judge part-way through the trial.

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