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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

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.

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MP says Didcot families deserve better treatment

An MP has launched a damning attack on the owners of the collapsed Didcot power station, criticising the way they're treating the families of the dead.

Sarah Champion is the MP for Rotherham, home of two of the missing men. She says she's genuinely shocked because instead of apologies and support, the bereaved are seen as an annoyance by RWE.

Our reporter Divya Kohli reports on the latest developments in the search for the dead.

20,000 tons of rubble removed from Didcot site

More than 20,000 tons of rubble has been cleared from the collapsed Didcot Power Station - and police say this is just the start.

The boiler house was due to be demolished when it collapsed in February. Four workers were killed but only one body has been found.

Today the police said the recovery and investigation process - which is happening from dawn until dusk - will still take "some time" to complete. Kate Bunkall reports.

New pictures of recovery operation at Didcot

Agencies involved in the response to the collapse at Didcot power station, with several fatalities, have released pictures of the recovery operation.

On the 23 February the boiler house at Didcot A power station partially collapsed and a major incident was declared. It resulted in the death of one man, while three men remain missing.

The priority of the multi-agency response to this incident remains the recovery of the missing men so they can be returned to their families.

A large volume of material has been removed from the debris pile as part of the recovery phase. The images show around 20,000 tons of material on the ground. Clearance of the debris pile is progressing and up to 40 metres of the overall pile has been cleared so far.

These debris removal works are ongoing seven days a week, from dawn to dusk.

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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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