Update on Didcot Power Station investigation following Coroner’s pre-inquest review

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Thames Valley Police has today (31/1) updated the Oxfordshire Coroner at a pre-inquest review at Oxford Coroner’s Court.

Thames Valley Police (TVP) and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding the partial collapse at Didcot A Power Station, which led to the deaths of Michael Collings, Ken Cresswell, Christopher Huxtable and John Shaw and also led to a number of men being injured.  

The joint investigation is being led by Thames Valley Police.

At the Coroner’s pre-inquest review, Senior Investigating Officer Detective Chief Inspector Craig Kirby, who is leading the investigation, updated HM Coroner Mr D.M. Salter on the status of the investigation.

Following the pre-inquest review, DCI Kirby said: “We continue to carry out a thorough investigation in order to obtain answers for the affected families and friends who lost their loved ones, and those who were injured following the partial collapse at Didcot.

“This is an extremely wide scale and hugely complex investigation. 

“To date over 1900 witness statements have been taken by the investigative team, and a number of interviews have been conducted under caution in line with the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (1984).

“These interviews have taken a significant length of time, and further interviews will need to be undertaken.

“The joint TVP and HSE investigative team continue to meet regularly with a specialist dedicated prosecutor from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) to ensure that all lines of enquiry are being appropriately and robustly explored.

“At this time it is not possible for us to put a timeframe on the completion of the investigation however an initial file was submitted to the CPS at the end of December for investigative advice.

“On-site recovery of evidence continues to be a key line of enquiry, to understand why the boiler house collapsed.

“Clearance of boilers one and two has been completed, and independent contractors continue to clear boilers three and four. This work is expected to be completed by spring 2018.

“The site remains a crime scene with a 24/7 police scene guard. A TVP and HSE evidence recovery team continue to work on site.

“TVP and HSE remain committed to carrying out a thorough investigation to ascertain if any criminal or health and safety related offences have taken place, and to obtain justice for the families and all those affected.”

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