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Port Talbot - update from Superintendent Andy Morgan

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Superintendent Andy Morgan, BTP’s Sub Divisional Commander for Wales

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Superintendent Andy Morgan, Divisional Commander for Wales at British Transport Police, said:  
“So many of us have been deeply moved by the tragic events in Port Talbot this week, and I would like to take an opportunity to provide an update on where things stand two days on.

“British Transport Police are leading on the investigation into the incident, and we have drafted in specialist teams from across the UK to assist our local investigators in their efforts. We are also very mindful of the impact this incident has created on the community. I am working closely with my counterparts in South Wales Police to ensure we assist each other in providing support to those affected communities.  

“I would like to reassure everyone that this is already a thorough and pain-staking investigation, and is being led by a highly-skilled and Senior BTP detective.

“It is highly likely that this investigation may well continue for some time, but please also be reassured that if any safety critical matters come to light at any stage, then they will be highlighted to the appropriate agency and acted on urgently. 

“The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and the Office of Rail and Road are being fully briefed at every stage and the Coroner is also being kept up to date. RAIB are also conducting their independent investigation alongside BTP.

"I am also keen emphasise my personal thanks to all those who assisted the blue light services at the scene throughout Wednesday. Staff from Tata Steel were hugely supportive as were staff right across the rail industry, including the Great Western Railways team who were themselves feeling the effects of being directly involved. I also cannot let this opportunity pass without extending my praise and gratitude to all those who attended the scene from across the emergency services. 

“Finally, and most importantly, our thoughts continue to remain with the families and friends of Mr Lewis and Mr Delbridge who are grieving the loss of their irreplaceable loved ones. I would like to reiterate my plea to the press in particular, for the need for privacy and respect for them, at this devastating time.”

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