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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.


Second body recovered at Bosley mill blast scene

A second body has been recovered in the Bosley mill search, Cheshire Police have confirmed.

Fire and rescue teams have been working non-stop to find William Barks, 51, Dorothy Bailey, 62, Jason Shingler, 38, and Derek Moore, 62, since Friday's blast at the Wood Flour Mills in Tunstall Road, Bosley.

No formal identification has taken place on the body found today.

Anger at 'lack of sympathy' from Bosley mill owners

The brother of a missing Bosley mill worker has told ITV News of his anger at what he called the lack of support or sympathy from the mill's owners since the devastating explosion.

Kelvin Barks, the brother of William, said: "My brother worked at that mill for 12 years. He's been missing for over three days now; In all that time nobody at the company has contacted us at all - no offer of support or sympathy or help."

After fire crews admitted it was now a recovery operation, the owners of the mill issued a statement late on Monday expressing their "shock and sadness".

ITV News Correspondent Damon Green has the latest:

Bosley mill bosses 'shocked and saddened' by blast

The owners of a wood flour mill say they are "shocked and saddened" by an explosion which is feared to have killed four people.

In its first comments since the tragedy, Wood Treatment Limited said:

We are shocked and saddened by the incident at our mill in Bosley and our thoughts and sympathies are with everyone affected and their families.

The mill has been part of the community in Bosley since 1927 and we take the safety of our employees extremely seriously. We are committed to establishing the cause of this incident and we will continue to co-operate fully with the emergency services and Health and Safety Executive.

However, we feel it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time while investigations are ongoing.

– Wood Treatment Limited


Bosley rescue workers entering 'recovery phase'

Rescue workers are now entering a "search and recovery phase" at the scene of the Bosley mill blast, fire crews have said.

Fire and police workers provide an update on the operation. Credit: ITV News

"We are moving into a search and recovery phase rather than a search and rescue phase", Paul Hancock, the chief fire officer for Cheshire Fire Service told reporters.

He added: "There is always hope - but I think the longer the incident goes on...realistically we are now looking at a search and recovery phase but we are still hopeful of finding life as well."

Mr Hancock said crews were making "good progress" but warned the operation was going to take a "long time" to search the "scene of devastation".

He also said his team paused last night to pay their respects to the family of a worker who was found dead. The victim is yet to be identified.

Bosley mill owners warned of explosion risk in 2013

The owners of a mill where four people are feared dead after a blast were warned of the risk of an explosion two years ago.

Search and rescue teams at the scene of the blast. Credit: PA Wire

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) told Wood Treatment Limited in March 2013 that it was failing to control the risk of an explosion from liquid petroleum gas stored at the plant in Bosley, Cheshire.

In the notice, it said the tanks "are not protected by suitable barriers" to minimise the risk of a blast.

Wood Treatment, part of The Boden Group of Companies, has yet to make any statement about Friday's incident.

Earlier, the family of one missing worker told ITV News that they were "very, very angry" at the lack of support from the mill owners.

Family of missing worker 'very angry' at mill owners

The family of one of the workers missing in the Bosley explosion has said they are "very, very angry" at the lack of sympathy from the mill's owners.

William Barks, 51, Dorothy Bailey, 62, Jason Shingler, 38, and Derek Moore, 62, are missing. Credit: ITV News

Speaking to ITV News, the family said the Cheshire mill's owners had not been in touch with them since Friday's blast.

They said they had received no comfort, support, counselling or sympathy from the Boden group.

ITV News correspondent Damon Green said: "They were very unhappy at the fact that the employers, the owners of this mill, have not been in contact with them at all in three days since their family member went missing.

"That has made them very, very angry indeed."

A body was found in the wreckage last night but was yet to be identified.

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