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Demolition at Didcot power station to take place on Sunday

Road closures around the site planned

Chris Ord


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Rescue workers continue rescue effort at Didcot Power Station

THE remaining structure at the Dicot A power station will be demolished on Sunday morning (July 17) as part of the ongoing operation to recover the three missing men. 

Just one body has been recovered since the partial collapse of the boiler house on February 23.

Site owners RWE, Brown & Mason and Alford Technologies have confirmed a controlled explosion will be carried out between 5.30am and 7.30am.

Road closures will be required for the duration of the demolition.

A small section of the A4130 will be closed between the railway bridge and Southmead Industrial Estate and Milton Road will be closed between the railway bridge and the traffic lights. Road diversions will be in place throughout the road closures.

Police have warned nearby residents the explosion and collapse may be heard off site but any noise is expected to be over in less than a minute.

Residents have also been reassured that airborne dust from the site is not harmful but could cause a nuisance. Road sweepers and road cleaners will be on hand should they be required.

All local residents are advised to keep their windows and doors shut for the duration of the demolition, as a precaution.

Local residents with questions regarding the demolition can please contact RWE on 0845 077 0150.

Once the demolition is completed and it is safe to access the site, recovery work will recommence.

Specialist officers are continuing to support the families of the missing men Christopher Huxtable, Ken Cresswell and John Shaw, as well as the family of Michael Collings, whose body was recovered from the site.

A statement from Thames Valley Police said: "The absolute priority of our multi-agency response remains the recovery of the missing men so they can be returned to their families and to understand what caused this tragic incident."

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