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Tributes paid to pair killed in Norfolk warehouse blast

Daniel Timbers, 29, and Barry Joy, 56 were killed in the blast. Credit: ITV Anglia

Two men who were killed in an explosion at a Norfolk warehouse have been named by police.

Daniel Timbers, 29, and Barry Joy, 56 - both employees at digger bucket manufacturer Harford Attachments - were killed in the blast at the company's industrial unit in Spar Road, Norwich on Monday morning.

Timbers' family described him as a "loving son, brother, grandson, partner and father," adding: "We are all devastated by this tragic loss."

Joy's family said: "The tragic incident yesterday has left us all shocked at the death of someone very dear to us and there are no words that can even begin to describe how we feel at this time."

They also described Joy as a "loving family man", "devoted" father of two and a "loyal friend who would bright the day of anybody who he would meet".

Detailed inquiries into the cause of the blast began today but are expected to take some time, Norfolk Police said.


Investigations continue into what caused explosion

Detective Superintendent Dave Marshall said it is unclear what the men were working on when they died. Credit: ITV News

Investigations are continuing into exactly what caused an explosion at an industrial estate in Norwich.

Detective Superintendent Dave Marshall of Norfolk Police said two men, one in his 20s and one in his 50s, were pronounced dead at the scene.

It is thought both men were employees of Harford Engineering and were the only people in the area where the incident happened just after 9am.

Next of kin are currently being informed of the deaths.

'Smoke was so thick you could not see through it'

Witnesses of the aftermath of an explosion which killed two men in Norwich have said the smoke was so thick you could not see through it.

Ashley Cashfield, who works at a plastic supply firm on the estate, told ITV News Anglia there were "lots of people running around" as he drove into work.

"You could see the panic in people's eyes. Obviously something serious had happened."

Two men dead in Norwich industrial estate explosion

Two people have died in an explosion at a manufacturing firm in Norfolk.

The explosion was reported at Harford Attachments. Credit: ITV News

Police said one of the men is aged in his 50s while the other is believed to be in his 20s.

Both are thought to work at the premises involved and died as the result of the incident shortly after 9am. No one else required medical attention.


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Number of casualties after industrial estate 'explosion'

A "number of casualties" are being treated following a suspected explosion at an industrial estate in Norwich.

A spokesperson for Norfolk Fire Service said firefighters responded to reports of an explosion on Spar Road at 9.20am.

There are believed to be a number of casualties although the severity of their injuries has not been confirmed.

Spar Road, Vulcan Road Industrial Estate in Norwich. Credit: Ashley Cashfield
Smoke rises above the estate. Credit: Ashley Cashfield

Police trace mother of dead baby after 30 years

Detectives have traced the mother of a baby after its body was discovered nearly 30 years ago.

The body of the new-born baby was discovered in a water filled pit in Weasenham St Peter, Norfolk, on 5th June 1988.

Weasenham St Peter, Norfolk Credit: Google Maps

Despite a major inquiry at the time and subsequent investigations police were unable to identify what happened to the child.

However Norfolk Police obtained a DNA sample when the body was exhumed last year which led them ultimately to the baby's mother.

The Crown Prosecution Service is now considering whether the woman will face prosecution for offences including failing to register a birth and preventing a lawful burial.

The force said the mother was initially arrested on suspicion of infanticide.

But a spokesman added: "During police interview the woman revealed she had concealed her pregnancy from family and friends and delivered the baby by herself. The baby was delivered stillborn."

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