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Investigations continue into Birmingham metal tragedy

Post-mortem examinations were due to be held today after the death of five men at a Birmingham metals recycling site.

A wall collapsed at Hawkeswood Metal Recycling’s plant in the Nechells area, killing the five and seriously injuring a sixth man.

The Mirror has reported that the victims have been named locally as Saibo Sillah, Ousman Jabbie, Mohammed Jangana, Alimano Jammeh and Bangaly Dukureh. All were married with children.

They were Spanish nationals but are said to have come originally from Gambia. A fundraising drive for the bereaved families has raised more than £20,000.

ITN has reported that each of the families faces a bill of around £5,000 to repatriate their bodies.

Meanwhile, investigations into the accident are continuing.

The latest West Midlands police statement on 8 July was: “West Midlands Police investigators continue to work with specialist fire colleagues and the Health and Safety Executive to try to understand what led to the concrete structure, comprising of 1.5-tonne blocks, giving way. Officers are working with the local Gambian community to help them come to terms with what has happened.”

The Archbishop of Birmingham, the Most Reverend Bernard Longley, said: “The Catholic community in Birmingham will remember their grieving families in our prayers. We also pray for others who were injured and for the emergency services supporting all those affected at this time.”

Shabana Mahmood, Labour MP for Ladywood, told the Birmingham Mail newspaper: “Nothing will bring their loved ones back but the families of those who have been killed will want answers.

“They will want to understand what has happened here. I am extremely shocked that five lives have been cut short so abruptly like this.” 


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