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Police say investigation is progressing on fourth anniversary of Didcot power station collapse

Part of the boiler house collapsed in 2016 Credit: ITV

Detectives say the complexity of their investigation into the deaths of four men at Didcot power station won't stop them finding answers.

Today marks the fourth anniversary of the partial collapse of the boiler house at Didcot A power station, which saw the deaths of four workmen .

Michael Collings, Ken Cresswell, John Shaw and Chris Huxtable

Thames Valley Police today released a statement saying their joint investigation with the Health and Safety Executive is continuing, into corporate manslaughter, gross negligence manslaughter and health and safety offences.

Deputy Chief Constable Jason Hogg, said: “Our deepest sympathies are, as always, with the families and friends of Michael Collings, Ken Cresswell, Christopher Huxtable, and John Shaw.

“Thames Valley Police and the Health and Safety Executive remain totally committed to investigating the collapse and obtaining answers for the families.

“This remains a highly complex investigation with vast amounts of evidence data including 2,326 witness statements, over 150,000 pieces of digital evidence, and over 4,500 physical exhibits including 1,870 tonnes of structural exhibits which are being examined.

“Our enquiry continues to be led by a nationally accredited homicide Senior Investigating Officer, supported by a dedicated joint police and HSE Major Incident Room consisting of detectives, HSE inspectors, a digital evidence review team, disclosure officers, technical experts and our family liaison officers who maintain regular contact with the families in order to support and advise them on the progress of the case.

“We maintain close contact with the Crown Prosecution Service through a dedicated lawyer and a disclosure barrister to give independent oversight on the investigation.

“On this day when we remember those who died and those who were injured, I would like to be clear that the scale and complexity of this investigation will not be a barrier to us obtaining the answers that the families so desperately deserve.”

– Deputy Chief Constable Jason Hogg