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Update: Body recovered at Didcot identified as Ken Cresswell

The body recovered from Didcot Power Station this week has been formally identified as 57-year-old Ken Cresswell from Rotherham.

Mr Cresswell is the second of three missing men to be located and recovered from the collapsed boiler house.

His body was found on Wednesday before recovered on Thursday morning.

The remaining missing man is John Shaw, 61, also from Rotherham.

The body of Chris Huxtable, 34, was recovered last week.  Michael Collings, 53, was also killed in the collapse on 23 February.

All four men were employees of Coleman & Company.

In a statement, Coleman & Company said: ”The body of our friend and colleague recovered at Didcot, in the early hours of Thursday morning, has now been confirmed as Kenny Cresswell. The families have been notified. 

“John Shaw is still missing and work has today resumed on-site to repatriate him with his family, who continue to endure an agonising wait. Our thoughts and prayers are with all the families at this time and we remain committed to supporting all families in anyway we can.”

Thames Valley Police said in a statement on Thursday that Mr Cresswell’s body had been located on Wednesday evening, before being removed from the site on that morning.

A guard of honour was held at 6.15am to mark the recovery, with representatives from Thames Valley Police, the Ministry of Defence, Oxfordshire Fire and Rescue Service, RWE, and Coleman & Company taking part.

Thames Valley Police said: “Our thoughts remain with the families of Ken Cresswell and John Shaw and we ask that their privacy is respected during this incredibly difficult time. They are being supported by specially trained Thames Valley Police officers.”

Coleman & Company managing director Mark Coleman said: “Everyone at Coleman & Company is now hopeful that our remaining missing colleague is found very soon, so that all the families affected by this tragic incident can lay their loved ones to rest.

“All the families have no doubt suffered terribly, especially the three families that have had to endure an agonising wait during this complex and unprecedented recovery operation.

“It’s only right that we continue to acknowledge the hard work and professionalism of all agencies involved – thank you all.”


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