Gleision: 'A tragedy for all of Wales'

Tomorrow marks a year since the Gleision mining disaster, and the First Minister has led the tributes to the four men who lost their lives.

Gleision remembered: Part III

Almost a year on from the Gleision Colliery disaster, we're looking back at the events of that day and speaking to some of those involved.

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Two years on: Gleision mining disaster

Four men died at the Gleision Colliery in 2011 Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Images

Today marks two years since the Gleision Colliery mining disaster in the Swansea Valley. Four men died after getting trapped underground when a tunnel they were working in filled with water.

It was the worst mining disaster in Wales in recent times.

Three men initially escaped and a search and rescue operation was launched to find the other four miners who were trapped 300 ft below the ground.

Philip Hill, 44, Charles Breslin, 62, David Powell, 50 and Garry Jenkins, 39 were all found dead the following day.

Carwyn Jones, Wales' First Minister described the deaths as "a tragedy for all of Wales."

On Friday, a memorial stone in recognition of the miners was unveiled at the former Tareni Colliery, a short distance from the Gleision site.

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Gleision Colliery memorial to be unveiled

A major rescue operation was launched after the mine flooded

A memorial stone in recognition of the miners who lost their lives in the Gleision Colliery disaster will be officially unveiled today.

David Powell, 50, Garry Jenkins, 39, Charles Breslin, 62, and Phillip Hill, 44, lost their lives when the mine flooded in September 2011.

The stone is located on the site of the former Tareni Colliery, a short distance from the entrance of Gleision Colliery.

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Man in court over Gleision Colliery mining disaster

A man accused of causing the death of four miners in the Gleision Colliery disaster has appeared at Swansea Crown Court.

Malcolm Fyfield was the general manager of the mine when the incident happened in September 2011. He has been charged with four counts of gross negligence manslaughter.

Mr Fyfield was remanded on bail until May 20, when he will be expected to enter a plea of guilty or not guilty to the charges.

Also appearing in court were representatives of MNS Mining Ltd, which owned the mine at the time of the incident, to answer charges of corporate manslaughter.

Lawyers told the court that the company representatives would also not be entering a plea, and will also appear in court on May 20.

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Gleision Colliery disaster: owners face corporate manslaughter charges

Upon completion of the investigation and following consultation with the Crown Prosecution Service, the mine manager, Malcolm Fyfield has today been charged with four counts of gross negligence manslaughter.

In addition, a prosecution for four offences of corporate manslaughter against the owners of the mine, MNS Mining Ltd, is proceeding.

I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere gratitude to all members of the local community for their continued support and understanding throughout this process.

– Detective Chief Inspector Dorian Lloyd, South Wales Police

Gleision Colliery disaster: mine manager charged over deaths

A major rescue operation was launched after the mine flooded in September 2011 Credit: ITV News

A man has been charged with manslaughter following an investigation into the deaths of four men at Gleision Colliery in September 2011.

Malcolm Fyfield, 57, has been charged with four counts of gross negligence manslaughter and will appear at Neath Magistrates Court on February 1st.

The four men – Philip Hill, 44, Charles Breslin, 62, David Powell, 50 and Garry Jenkins, 39 - died after becoming trapped in the mine on 15th September 2011.

Reflecting on the Gleision disaster, one year on

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Our thoughts and prayers are with the loved ones of the 4 brave men who tragically lost their lives at the #Gleision mine a year ago today

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Exactly 12months ago I started getting calls about an incident in Swansea Valley - never dreamt it would become the heartbreak of #Gleision

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A year today, unbelievable. Rest in peace men of gleision. Mines rescue service 1912-2012. Let's have another 100! http://t.co/UsTlpcIM

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