Three men face trial following lengthy investigation into Bosley works blast

THREE men are are to face trial four years after a lengthy investigation into a factory explosion which claimed the lives of four workers.
The incident at Wood Treatment Limited, in Bosley, Cheshire, on Friday, July 17, 2015, has since undergone a thorough complex investigation involving Cheshire Police and the Health and Safety Executive.
Amongst those killed was William Barks, 51, of Dalehouse Road, Cheddleton, a former print worker at the Post & Times Series Newspapers in Leek.
The other victims were Dorothy Bailey, 62, from Bosley; Jason Shingler, 38, from Congleton; and Derek Moore, 62, from Goldenhill, Stoke-on-Trent.
More than 30 other employees were assessed by paramedics, four of whom were taken to specialist medical centres for treatment.
Many more were left suffering with psychological trauma after the incident, which blew the factory apart, and resulted in firefighters spending days at the scene of utter devastation searching through the rubble for victims.
The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed the company is to be charged with four counts of manslaughter, while company director George Bosden, 64, from Stockport, will face four charges of gross negligence manslaughter.
Two other men – Philp Smith, 58, from Macclesfield, and Peter Shingler, 56, from Bosley – are both charged with committing an offence in breach of the Health and Safety Work Act.
The three men and the company charged are due to appear before Stockport Magistrates Court on December 2.