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TEENAGE BOY AMONG FOUR KILLED AT WATER TREATMENT WORKS

04.12.2020
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Two of the men are believed to have been Wessex Water staff, the other a contractor at the site.

Tributes have been paid to a 16-year-old boy who was among four victims of an explosion at a water treatment works near Bristol.

Police named them as Michael James, 64, Brian Vickery, 63, Raymond White, 57, and Luke Wheaton, 16.

It is understood the teenager was an apprentice at Wessex Water.

The explosion at the firm's Avonmouth centre happened at around 11.20am on Thursday.

The blast involved one of the chemical tanks and the workers were on top when it exploded, police said.

North Bristol Rugby Football Club tweeted: "Such terribly sad news that one of our Colts, Luke Wheaton was tragically lost in the accident in Avonmouth yesterday morning.

"It's absolutely heartbreaking. All of our love & thoughts to Luke's family, team mates, coaches and everyone else that knew him."

Bradley Stoke Community School wrote on Facebook: "We were shocked and saddened to hear of the tragic passing of our former student Luke Wheaton yesterday in the Avonmouth tragedy.

"Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time."