Search teams still comb­ing wreck­age


AMAS­SIVE search and res­cue op­er­a­tion con­tin­ues two weeks af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing ex­plo­sion at a mill in Bosley.

Fire crews and spe­cial­ist search teams have been car­ry­ing out a painstak­ing op­er­a­tion to pick through tonnes of me­tal and brick­work at Wood Flour Mill af­ter three ex­plo­sions tore through the site.

They have been des­per­ately search­ing for four mill work­ers who went miss­ing when the ex­plo­sions hap­pened on the morn­ing of Fri­day, July 18.

Three bod­ies have since been re­cov­ered and po­lice an­nounced on Mon­day that they had found more hu­man re­mains which have been sent for iden­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The bod­ies re­cov­ered last week are thought to be that of Wil­liams Barks, 51, from Ched­dle­ton, and Dorothy Bai­ley, 62, who lived in a cot­tage next to the mill. A third body – be­lieved to be that of Derek Moore, 62 – was dis­cov­ered af­ter crews brought down three large si­los which were hin­der­ing the search.

The res­cuers con­tinue to tun­nel through the de­bris in con­fined, hu­mid con­di­tions to try to find the body of Jason Shin­gler, 38, who is still miss­ing.

Crews are still pump­ing wa­ter onto the site to put out pock­ets of fire.

The fam­i­lies of those who have died are be­ing sup­ported by mem­bers of the com­mu­nity, with spe­cial fundrais­ing events and a church ser­vice to pay re­spects to the work­ers.

Sam Al­ston, chair­man of Bosley Parish Coun­cil, said: “There is some fi­nal­ity in know­ing this stage of find- ing the peo­ple is com­ing to a con­clu­sion. Peo­ple will go through a range of emo­tions, as­ton­ish­ment that it hap­pened, dis­tress, anger and why.

“Some have moved into the phase of do­ing what they can to help. There will


them­selves be a sense of change as ev­ery­one is ac­counted for, with some mov­ing onto the next phase of griev­ing.

“The com­mu­nity is go­ing to keep do­ing what can to sup­port the fam­i­lies. This has made us stronger.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors con­tinue to work to es­tab­lish the cause of the in­ci­dent.

As­sis­tant chief con­sta­ble Guy Hin­dle said: “This has been an ex­tremely dif­fi­cult time for all and es­pe­cially for the fam­i­lies. The emer­gency ser­vices have acted with great courage and it has been heart­en­ing to see the com­mu­nity rally round to sup­port not only the re­cov­ery ef­fort, but also each other and the fam­i­lies of the vic­tims.”

Clare Thor­ley, 29, from Con­gle­ton, is still in the crit­i­cal care unit at a hos­pi­tal in Birm­ing­ham in a sta­ble con­di­tion.

●● Search and res­cue teams from all emer­gency ser­vices at the scene


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