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Didcot Power Station collapse: body identified

The body of Ken Cresswell, left, was removed from the site yesterday Credit: ITV News Meridian

Police have named the body of a man found in the collapsed wreckage of Didcot Power Station.

Ken Cresswell, who was 57, died after the boiler house at the defunct plant partially collapsed in February. His body was found on Wednesday. A guard of honour took place on Thursday morning as his body was taken away from the site.

The body of John Shaw, 61, is still missing. The search will continue.

Didcot Power Station: Guard of Honour for recovered body

A guard of honour was held early this morning Credit: Thames Valley Police

A ceremonial event has taken place this morning as the body of a man killed in the Didcot power station collapse was removed.

Four demolition workers died when the boiler room fell down six months ago, the bodies of three had been trapped ever since. The body of Chris Huxtable, 34, was recovered last week.

The body is believed to be that of Ken Cresswell or John Shaw

The families of the two missing men, Ken Cresswell, 57, and John Shaw, 61, were present as the emergency services and workers formed a Guard of Honour.

Also present were members of Thames Valley Police, the Ministry of Defence, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, RWE and Coleman and Company.

Formal identification of the body is yet to take place.

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Didcot Power Station: Guard of Honour for recovered body

A ceremonial event has taken place overnight as the body of a man killed in the Didcot power station collapse was removed.

Four demolition workers died when the boiler room fell down six months ago - the bodies of three have been trapped ever since.

Emergency services and workers were among those who joined the families of the three missing men for the Guard of Honour.

Formal identification of the body is yet to take place.

Ken Cresswell, 57, John Shaw, 61, and Chris Huxtable, 34, have been missing since the power station partially collapsed in February. The body of Michael Collings, 53, was recovered at the time.

Families' agony over loved ones still inside Didcot wreckage

It's six months to the day four men were killed when the Didcot Power Station collapsed.

But the bodies of three of the victims have still not been recovered. The remaining part of the boiler house they are buried in was demolished last month but the recovery operation is still underway. Families of the victims say the wait is unacceptable.

Today they gathered outside the site to hold a minute's silence for their loved ones. Kate Bunkall reports.

Mayor brands Didcot search delays "unacceptable"

It's been six months since the Didcot Power Station collapsed killing four men.

Today their families have travelled to the site as they prepare to remember their loved ones with a four-minute silence. The remainder of the structure was brought down in a controlled explosion last month but the search for the bodies of three of the men is ongoing.

The Mayor of Didcot, Cllr Steve Connel, says the wait is "unacceptable".

Didcot Power station owners confirm they'll demolish collapsed building - three men still missing

The site of the collapsed building at Didcot A

The owners of Didcot A Power Station in Oxfordshire have confirmed that they are to demolish a building which collapsed on the site four months ago, trapping four workers inside it. Three workers are still missing, one man's body has been found.

The company says the boiler house building is still unstable and the safest way to recover the men is to demolish the remaining structure. It is likely that remote operated vehicles will be used to carry out the demolition, because it would limit the further risk to life.

Managers said they have now received the detailed design for the robotic demolition option and are reviewing it along with independent experts this week. Then the plan will be submitted to the Health & Safety Executive.

In its statement the firm continued:

"We understand that the time taken to recover the families’ loved ones is deeply upsetting. We are in close contact with them, providing information and regular updates. Our priority remains the recovery of the missing men and we are doing everything that is within our power to ensure it is progressed as fast and safely as possible."

– RWE

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Military to help Didcot power station recovery operation

The Home Office and Ministry of Defence have confirmed the military are to help support the recovery operation at Didcot Power Station.

It's now 15 weeks since the power station collapsed.

The news comes as the family of a man who's body is buried beneath the rubble are asking the Government to step in.

Ken Cresswell was working at the plant in Oxfordshire when it collapsed in February. His wife and three daughters say they're living through hell.

The bodies of two other workers are also underneath the twisted metal structure, which has been declared unsafe.

Katie Oscroft reports.

Family calls on Government to step in over rescue operation at Didcot power station

Three bodies have yet to be recovered following the collapse of Didcot power station Credit: ITV Meridian

The family of a man whose body has been trapped for 15 weeks beneath what remains of Didcot power station are calling for the Government to step in.

Ken Cresswell was working at the plant in Oxfordshire when it collapsed in February.

Two other men are also yet to be recovered. Mr Cresswell's wife and three daughters say they're living through hell.

Work starts to find missing men at Didcot Power Station

Diggers are clearng the rubble at the Didcot power station site

Recovery teams have spent the day at Didcot Power Station carrying out work to find three men who are still missing, after part of a building that was being prepared for demolition collapsed.

Work began today after days of preparatory work to make the area safe. Heavy lifting equipment has been brought in to clear the area. One man was confirmed dead soon after the building collapsed nearly a month ago. Richard Slee has our report.

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