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Nechells wall collapse: Dead identified by fingerprints

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Image caption The final two of the five men's bodies were recovered on 8 July, a day after the wall collapsed

Five people who died when a wall collapsed at a Birmingham recycling plant were identified through their fingerprints, inquests have heard.

The men were working at Hawkeswood Metal in Nechells when a 15ft wall of concrete and scrap metal fell on them on 7 July.

It took emergency crews about 24 hours to recover all the bodies.

A coroner opened and adjourned the inquests, due to the "very complex investigation".

Det Insp Harry Harrison, from West Midlands Police, told the coroner the men died from "multiple injuries".

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Image caption Heavy machinery was brought in to help with the recovery operation

All the victims were married and lived in the Birmingham area.

They were formally identified as 39-year-old Ousmane Kaba Diaby, of Aston Lane; Almano Kinteh Jammeh, 45, also of Aston Lane; Bangally Tunkara Dukaray, 55, of Holyrood Grove; Saib Sumbundu Sillah, 42, of Ashbourne Road and 49-year-old Mahamadou Jagana Jagana, of Norman Street.

Mr Diaby was from Senegal, while the other four men were of Gambian origin.

A sixth man who suffered a broken leg when the wall collapsed has since been discharged from hospital.

Det Insp Harrison said the recycling plant - which remains sealed off - could be handed back to its owners, Hawkeswood Metal Recycling, later this week.

An investigation into whether there is criminal liability is still taking place, the coroner heard.

West Midlands Police and the Health and Safety Executive are leading it, with 20 detectives working on the case.

No date has yet been set for the inquests to resume.

Louise Hunt, senior coroner for Birmingham and Solihull, said: "I am conscious it will take some time for the investigation to conclude."

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