Managers Face Charges Over Firefighters Deaths

Three Warwickshire fire service managers are facing charges of manslaughter for the deaths of four firefighters by gross negligence.

In November 2007, Ashley Stephens, Darren Yates-Badley, Ian Reid, and John Averis died in a warehouse fire in Atherstone-on-Stour.

Warwickshire County Council will face charges of failing to ensure its employees' the health and safety.

They will appear at Leamington Spa Magistrates' Court on 1 April.


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