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Four more engineers cleared over Hatfield

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FOUR MORE engineers have this week been cleared of health and safety charges over the October 2000 Hatfield rail crash.

he Crown Prosecution Service has dropped its case against the four engineers, all formerly employed by Balfour Beatty Rail Maintenance, the Railtrack contractor at the time of the crash.

Stephen Huxley was managing director, Kenneth Hedley was a track engineer, Vernon Bullen was King's Cross area maintenance engineer and Keith Hughes an area maintenance engineer.

rosecuting QC Richard Lissack said the Crown had decided not to pursue the case against the four as he felt it had been weakened by the acquittal of fi ve other rail engineers on similar charges last month (NCE 8 September).

'It is time for [the families of the deceased] to be allowed to move on - time for them to grieve in private, ' he said.

The case against the four was set to start next year following the case against Network Rail, Balfour Beatty and five engineers.

Judge Justice Mackay will sentence Network Rail and Balfour Beatty for health and safety breaches on Friday.

Balfour Beatty pleaded guilty in July to the health and safety charges after the judge threw out manslaughter charges against the contractor and the fi ve defendants, former Balfour Beatty civil engineer Nicholas Jeffries, former Balfour Beatty regional director Anthony Walker and Railtrack's asset manager Alistair Cook, area asset manager Sean Fugill and track engineer Keith Lea.

Network Rail was found guilty of the health and safety breaches by the jury.

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