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    DIDCOT COLLAPSE: EMERGENCY SERVICES UPDATE

    Recovery of bodies and site investigation may take weeks to complete

    One week on from the partial collapse of a building at Didcot A Power Station the emergency services continue to work closely together to establish how best to recover the bodies of the three missing people and maintain the safety of everyone involved in the operation on a highly unstable site.

    The families of the three missing people have now returned home and have asked the media to respect their privacy at this time.

    Assistant Chief Constable, Scott Chilton, said:

    “It is now one week since this major incident occurred. Following the partial collapse of the building at Didcot A Power Station the emergency services have continued working closely together.

    The recovery of the bodies and site investigation will be a very complex operation and I envisage it will be many, many weeks before it is completed.

    I know that this makes it particularly difficult for the families involved, as they await the recovery of their loved ones. Our priority remains to return them to their families and we continue to support the families as needed.

    We are working closely with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to establish the cause of the incident.”

    Chief Fire Officer Dave Etheridge added:

    “Our thoughts very much continue to be with the families of those who have lost their lives and I would like to reassure them that we are doing all we can to return their loved ones to them.

    I believe the emergency service teams working on site are the best in the world andknow they are using their experience and expertise to the limits.”

    Will Hancock, Chief Executive of South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS), said:

    “I would like to thank the many SCAS staff who attended the incident at Didcot A Power Station last week and who triaged and treated over 50 casualties, before taking five people to hospital.

    Our Hazardous Area Response Team has remained on site since the collapse and we continue to provide support to the recovery teams carrying out their difficult task.”

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