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Didcot | Police turn to engineers

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Police are looking to bring in engineers to assist with “a new phase” of the recovery operation from the disaster at Didcot A Power Station.

Thames Valley Police said the fire and ambulance services would be reducing their presence on the Oxfordshire site as specialists came in to help dismantle the partially collapsed building.

Michael Collings, 53, is known to have died at the power station when part of the 10-storey boiler house collapsed on Tuesday 23 February. Police are working to recover the bodies of three missing people.

Thames Valley Police, which is working with the Health and Safety Executive on an investigation into the incident, said in a statement yesterday afternoon that the collapsed building presented “complex engineering challenges”.

“The plan is to ensure a safe dismantling of the existing building while being acutely aware of its inherent instability,” said the statement.

Police added that temporary buildings would be constructed to allow the site to store evidence to support the investigation.

Thames Valley Police assistant chief constable Scott Chilton said: “We now move forward to a new phase to answer the engineering challenge presented by the collapsed building and how we safely dismantle the remainder of the building and support the investigation to establish how this happened. This will take time and specialist engineers will need to help us in this task.”

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