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Man, 55, arrested over Gleision Colliery miners deaths

A man, believed to be the manager of the Gleision Colliery mine, has been arrested on suspiscion of gross negligence manslaughter following the deaths of four men last month.

South Wales Police confirm they have arrested a 55-year-old man at his home address in the Swansea Valley after consultation with the Health and Safety Executive and the Crown Prosecution Service.

Philip Hill, aged 44, Charles Breslin, 62, David Powell, 50 and Garry Jenkins, 39 – died after becoming trapped in the mine on September 15.

A police spokesperson said their families and community leaders were updated with news of the arrest earlier today.

ITV Wales understands that the man arrested is colliery manager Malcolm Fyfield, who was injured in the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Dorian Lloyd DCI said:

“The arrest follows consultation between the South Wales Police, Health and Safety Executive and the Crown Prosecution Service to review the evidence gathered to date.

“We continue to work closely with the bereaved families throughout this process and I would like to express my sincere gratitude to the communities affected by this incident for their continued support and patience.

“We will do everything possible to fully understand how these four men lost their lives.”

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