Two Rotherham men "missing in Didcot power station collapse"

TWO of the demolition workers missing presumed dead after a disused power station collapsed — killing one man and leaving three missing — are believed to be from the Rotherham area.

One man missing in the rubble of Didcot Power Station in Oxfordshire is understood to be from Kimberworth and the other from Maltby.

One person was confirmed dead after the disaster last Tuesday, which took place as demolition work was taking place at the decommissioned Didcot A plant, and five people were taken to hospital.

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The Advertiser has been given names for the two men understood to be from our area and still missing but has taken the decision not to name them until they are formally identified by the police.

Thames Valley Police said the missing men would not be identified until they had been found.

Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service chief fire officer David Etheridge said at a press conference last week there had been "no signs of life detected" in the wreckage while looking for the missing people.

Thames Valley Police’s assistant chief constable Scott Chilton said: “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.

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

Floral tributes have been left by Didcot residents near the entrance to the power station site.