Stanton: Police comfort tragedy families

SPECIALIST police officers are currently supporting the devastated families of four men killed in an industrial tragedy in Norfolk.

Four men, all from the Bury St Edmunds area, were working four metres below ground when the steel structure they were building collapsed on top of them yesterday at 2.20pm.

Police today said all four men are from the Bury St Edmunds area and are thought to be aged between 26 and 42.

Post mortem examinations by a Home Office pathologist is expected to be carried out on Monday, Norfolk police say.

The accident happened at Claxton’s site in Great Yarmouth.


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A spokesman for Claxton, which provides drills for off-shore oil rigs, said: “Claxton Engineering Services Limited can confirm that an accident occurred at its premises in North River Road, Great Yarmouth where construction work on a new facility is being carried out by external contractors.

“We are also able to confirm that four men have tragically lost their lives in this incident which is now being investigated by the Norfolk Constabulary and the Health and Safety Executive.

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“The company is fully cooperating with the investigation.

“Everybody at Claxton is deeply saddened by what has occurred and the company’s thoughts and sympathy are with the families of the four men.”

Two football clubs have cancelled their matches today out of respect to the men who had links to Walsham Le Willows Football Club in Suffolk.

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