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Storm Ciara doesn’t stop Didcot chimney demolition

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Despite high winds the final piece of the Didcot Power Station came down this morning.

The 650ft Chimney at Didcot Power Station, which had been the tallest structure in the county, was successfully demolished this morning. 

The last remaining piece of the station which had once dominated the skyline of South Oxfordshire came down at around 7.30am this morning despite high winds from storm Ciara.  

Hundreds of locals braved the wet and windy weather to get a view of the demolition. 

Andrew Matthews/PA

Andrew Matthews/PA

The coal-fired station was in service for 43 years and was switched off in 2013 and three of the six cooling towers were demolished a year later.

Tragedy struck the site when four men were killed in a collapse at the station’s boiler house in February 2016, the building was demolished in July the same year.

Christopher Huxtable, 33, from Swansea, South Wales, Kenneth Cresswell, 57, and John Shaw, 61, both from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, and Michael Collings, 53, from Saltburn-by-the-Sea, Teesside, were killed at the disused plant.

A Thames Valley Police and Health and Safety Executive investigation is still ongoing.

The last remaining three cooling towers came down in August last year. Unfortunately for local residents though, the demolition then resulted in a power cut across parts of South Oxfordshire, affecting about 40,000 people.

Andrew Matthews/PA

Andrew Matthews/PA

 

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