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Man due in court following factory fire, Stafford

Richard Pearson, aged 43, from The Woodlands, Rowley Park, Stafford, will appear before magistrates in Cannock on Wednesday 19 July to face two charges of gross negligence manslaughter.

This follows the deaths of 41-year-old Simon Hillier, of Mountside Street, Hednesford, and Stewart Staples, 57, of Bond Way, Hednesford, in a fire at SP Plastics in Baswich, Stafford, on Thursday 30 October 2014.

Pearson was the owner of the business which was destroyed as a result of the blaze.

Following a detailed investigation by Staffordshire Police a file of evidence was submitted to the Crown Prosecution Service and charging authorised.

17 Jul 2017 08:44:27 BST
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