Claxton Engineering deaths: No manslaughter charges

Emergency services at the scene of the accident The accident happened at Claxton Engineering works on 21 January 2011

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No manslaughter charges will be brought after the deaths of four Suffolk men at an engineering firm in Norfolk in 2011.

The men were crushed by a steel structure while digging foundations at Claxton Engineering in Great Yarmouth.

The police said, after investigating and consulting with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), it would not be pursuing criminal charges.

The Health & Safety Executive (HSE) said it was reviewing its investigation.

Three of the dead men were from Stanton - Thomas Hazelton, who was 30, his brother Dan, who was 26, and Peter Johnson, who was 42.

Their colleague Adam Taylor, who was 28, was from nearby Rickinghall.

All four died of asphyxia due to trauma following the accident on 21 January 2011.

A police statement said: "Following extensive consultation with CPS Special Casework Division, a decision has been made not to proceed with any manslaughter offences against any individual or company.

"Officers from the Norfolk and Suffolk Major Investigation Team will now liaise with the coroner in respect of inquests and the HSE to support any proceedings they may be considering."

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They were part of the village...they shouldn't be forgotten”

End Quote Nigel Wallace Landlord of The Cock Inn

The HSE has yet to decide whether prosecutions will be brought under health and safety law.

A HSE spokesperson said: "Following the CPS's decision , the HSE is reviewing its investigation."

Meanwhile, work is beginning on creating a memorial for the men after the local newspaper group Archant raised £36,000.

It is being erected at The Cock Inn, Stanton, where the four men were regular punters.

The design is being kept a secret, but is due to be ready within two weeks.

Nigel Wallace, pub landlord, said: "It'll be on a plinth and lit up so that people will be able to sit and quietly reflect or just enjoy the area.

"They were part of the village - Dan and Adam played for Stanton FC - and they shouldn't be forgotten."

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