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Bosley mill owners make contact with workers' families

The owners of Bosley mill have released a statement speaking of their "devastation" at the loss of at least three colleagues.

The scene of the tragedy which has killed at least people. Credit: PA

It comes nearly a week after the tragedy happened during which time the families affected say they have had no contact from Wood Treatment Limited.

The statement said they had now contacted all four families involved and are "discussing how best" to help them.

It added: "They were all highly valued members of staff and our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with their families at this difficult time.

"The mill has been part of village life in Bosley for almost 90 years and we share the pain of the community.

"Our primary focus remains supporting the families of those affected, our employees and the local community as best we can while our site and facilities remain closed.

"We are absolutely committed to establishing the cause of this incident and will continue to co-operate fully with the emergency services and Health and Safety Executive. Company staff have been on site since last Friday assisting the authorities.

"We take the safety of our employees extremely seriously but it would be inappropriate to speculate about the circumstances of this incident until the full investigation is complete."

Brother of Bosley mill blast victims lays flowers at site

The brother of one of the four people killed in a mill explosion in Cheshire last week has laid flowers at the site in tribute to his sibling.

Kelvin Barks laid the flowers for his brother William together with a poster saying "R.I.P Will Barks. You are our world."

ITV News Correspondent Damon Green is at the scene:

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Third body found at scene of wood flour mill explosion

Firefighters at the scene of the blast Credit: Twitter/Cheshire Fire Service

A third body has been found at the Cheshire wood flour mill destroyed in a huge explosion last week.

Cheshire Police said they found the body, which has not been identified, at the Wood Treatment Limited plant in the village of Bosley after they removed three silos yesterday.

A spokesman said: "This has directly allowed the search and recovery operation to continue work at a section of the site indicated previously by search dogs. This has led to the discovery of a third body."

The families of the four people killed in the blast are expected to visit the site today and pay their respects.

Police speak to mill owners over fatal Bosley blast

Emergency services at the scene of the blast. Credit: Chris Neil/Sunday Telegraph/PA Wire

Police investigating the Bosley mill explosion have spoken to the owners of the company and employees that worked there in a bid to discover the cause of the blast.

Describing the site as a "potential crime scene", Cheshire Police said they were attempting to gain information on the history of Wood Treatment Limited, which operated the wood flour mill.

Families of the four people missing following the disaster will make a visit facilitated by emergency services tomorrow, police said.

First Bosley Mill victim believed to be William Barks

The body of William Barks is thought to have been discovered.

The first body recovered from the Bosley mill fire wreckage is believed to be that of William Barks, Cheshire Police has said.

The 51-year-old, who had been married for 31 years, was born and bred in Leek, Staffordshire.

Police said the body, recovered on Sunday, did not belong to any of the other three people missing following the blast.

Identifications on a second recovered body are ongoing, it was added.

Earlier his brother told ITV News Barks was a "hero" who was "so knowledgable" and "well-respected by everybody".

Kelvin Barks also said the fire at the wood mill had been a "disaster waiting to happen", alleging that the owners had failed to buy parts for a faulty machine despite "relentless" requests.

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Bosley mill workers 'had no safety training at all'

A Bosley mill worker says he was given no safety training whatsoever before he started working there just a week ago.

Scott Cole told ITV News: "There was no safety training at all.

"I went in there to have a brief interview, three minutes, and he told me to start on Monday.

"He didn't tell me how to work the machines, nothing. I just learnt myself. I asked for a protection mask. Three days in, and I still didn't get one."

The Health and Safety Executive is now investigating the causes of the explosion.

The mill owners have said they will cooperate with the process but families of four workers still missing said they were "disgusted" they had not been in touch since the incident happened.

Identification process of bodies 'will take some time'

Firefighters are still putting out small pockets of fires in the rubble. Credit: Twitter/Cheshire Fire Service

It will take some time to identify two bodies found at Bosley mill following two explosions last week, Cheshire Fire Service has said.

Chief Fire Officer Paul Hancock said the second body was found six metres below the first body, which they recovered on Sunday.

"The search and rescue team are absolutely determined to find the remaining two people who are still missing," he told a news conference.

"They are now working inside the collapsed structure in what are even more demanding conditions.

"Lots of pockets where small fires are still burning. We have removed hundreds of tonnes of rubble.The recovery is very difficult and very challenging."

He added he was confident the two missing people were in the same vicinity as the two bodies they had found already.

Bosley Mill staff claim they had no safety training

Chief Fire Officer Paul Hancock. Credit: ITV News

Staff at the Bosley mill where two explosions occurred last week have claimed they had no induction or safety training.

The Health and Safety Executive said they still do not know what caused the blast but staff training would form part of their investigation into the incident.

Cheshire Fire Service confirmed two bodies had now been found in the rubble but two people remain missing.

Chief Fire Officer Paul Hancock said "there was always hope" they would find them alive.

"But we are realistically now starting to move into a search and recovery phase," he added.

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