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Funds raised for families of Birmingham recycling plant victims

11 July 2016

Response to a fund established to assist the five workers killed by a collapsing wall at a Birmingham recycling centre saw more than £20,000 raised within a few days.

The men were killed when tons of concrete and scrap metal fell on them as they worked at the Hawkeswood Metal Recycling facility in Nechells last Thursday.

A report by the BBC quoted police as stating that the site remains closed and post mortem examinations would take place today, after all the five bodies were recovered last Friday.

All five of the victims were reported to be Spanish citizens and originally from Gambia.

The fund will be used to pay for the funerals and other expenses of the families of the dead men.

Each of the five were "believed to be marred with children", according to the BBC, and relatives have asked for the bodies to be released as soon as possible so they can be buried in accordance with Muslim customs.

It has also been revealed that the Nechells site experienced a major fire in February this year.

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