Ex­plo­sion ‘po­ten­tial homi­cide’ say po­lice


PO­LICE have con­firmed that the Bosley ex­plo­sion is a po­ten­tial homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

As­sis­tant Chief Con­sta­ble Guy Hin­dle said the probe would be ‘long and de­tailed’ and in­volve look­ing at com­pany records, com­put­ers and mo­bile phone records.

In a state­ment made near the scene of the dis­as­ter, ACC Hin­dle said: “We are con­tin­u­ing to in­ves­ti­gate with the HSE to try to un­der­stand the history of the com­pany and are work­ing with em­ploy­ees and the com­pany.

“It’s a po­ten­tial crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion, with the po­ten­tial for four peo­ple killed in an in­dus­trial in­ci­dent.

“We are work­ing with our fire and health and safety col­leagues to iden­tify the cause.

“As with any homi­cide in­ves­ti­ga­tion there is a huge amount of work to in­form the de­ci­sion.

“This will in­clude look­ing at com­put­ers and other records, as well as mo­bile phone and any­thing else rel­e­vant. It’s a long and de­tailed in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”

The Health and Safety Ex­ec­u­tive said claims by staff that they had no in­duc­tion or safety train­ing would form part of their in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Mean­while, the own­ers of the mill said they shared the pain of the com­mu­nity.

Wood Treat­ment Lim­ited, which is owned by the Bo­den Group, said in a state­ment: “We are dev­as­tated to have re­ceived con­fir­ma­tion that at least three of our col­leagues have died in this in­ci­dent and one is still miss­ing. They were all highly val­ued mem­bers of staff and our thoughts and deep­est sym­pa­thies are with their fam­i­lies at this dif­fi­cult time.

“The mill has been part of vil­lage life in Bosley for al­most 90 years and we share the pain of the com­mu­nity.

“We have made con­tact with all four fam­i­lies and are dis­cussing how best we can help them. We are also sup­port­ing our other em­ploy­ees and a coun­selling ser­vice is avail­able for any­one who wishes to use it.

“Our pri­mary fo­cus re­mains sup­port­ing the fam­i­lies of those af­fected, our em­ploy­ees and the lo­cal com­mu­nity as best we can while our site and fa­cil­i­ties re­main closed.

“We are ab­so­lutely com­mit­ted to es­tab­lish­ing the cause of this in­ci­dent and will con­tinue to co-op­er­ate fully with the emer­gency ser­vices and HSE. Com­pany staff are on site as­sist­ing the author­i­ties.”

●● Res­cue staff at the scene

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