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Body found in search for Aston Villa fan missing since factory explosion

A body has been recovered from the remains of a factory ravaged by fire, six weeks ago.

Specialist search teams had spent weeks combing the wreckage of Leeson Polyurethanes, a plastics factory in Leamington Spa.

Aston Villa fan David Boswell had been on shift at the factory, when an ‘apocalyptic’ blaze tore through the building on the morning of August 27.

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The fire was so fierce it forced the closure of nearby roads and the evacuation of surrounding properties. The f ire could even be seen from space.

Warwickshire Police today, October 12, confirmed that human remains had been recovered.

Officers believe the victim to be 52-year-old David Boswell.

His family joined Warwickshire Police and the fire service at 6pm this afternoon to pay tribute to him. They formed a Guard of Honour as his body was removed from the scene.

Warwickshire Police Chaplain Matthew Hopley delivered blessings before David was transferred to the mortuary by private ambulance.

Detective Superintendent Jon Marsden said: “Our thoughts and deepest condolences are with David’s family and loved ones.

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“We appreciate that their grief has been exacerbated by the delay in finding David and hope that this will at least bring some closure for them.

“The operation has been lengthy due to the enormous challenges presented by a chemical fire of this magnitude.

“The Leesons site was totally decimated and needed to be systematically deconstructed by demolition experts.

Aerial view of an enormous factory fire on Juno drive in Leamington spa
Aerial view of an enormous factory fire on Juno drive in Leamington spa

“It has been a highly complex and delicate operation to find David, ensure the safety of the search teams and to preserve, record and recover every piece of potential evidence.

“Obviously our first priority has been to locate David. His family now need to know the circumstances around his untimely death and we will continue our investigations with partners to determine the cause of this fire.”

David’s partner Carol Fureed led the tributes to her ‘soulmate’ in a statement issued by police last month.

She said: “It is with great sadness to announce the loss of my soulmate of 26 years. Dave used to brighten anyone that was feeling down with his jokes.

“He always knew how to have a good laugh. He had a heart of gold and lived for his family, friends and his passion for fishing.

“Hope you catch the big one in heaven Dave, until we meet again, love you forever.”

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