Three Warwickshire fire service managers are making their first court appearances on charges of manslaughter by gross negligence after four firefighters died in a warehouse fire in Atherstone-on-Stour in November 2007.
Paul Verrico, Associate and Solicitor-Advocate at international law firm Eversheds, comments:
"While the prosecutions of the three fire chiefs will hit the headlines, it is important not to miss the implications arising from the wider investigation, in which 13 firefighters and service managers were arrested in connection with the deaths. It would be improper to comment on the evidence in the case before pleas are even entered but the fact that it took until 2011 for the CPS to decide to charge Paul Simmons, Adrian Ashley and Timothy Woodward should not be lost on the wider business community. All those interviewed in connection with the deaths will have had a very uncomfortable wait to find out if they were going to be charged.
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