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Bromsgrove man among three bosses charged over death of worker at recycling firm

Tristan Harris 14th Jul, 2020 Updated: 14th Jul, 2020

A BROMSGROVE man was among three bosses at a West Midlands recycling company who have been charged with gross negligence manslaughter following the death of a worker nearly three years ago.

Father-of-one Stuart Towns, 34, suffered serious head injuries while working at Alutrade Limited, on Tat Bank Road, Oldbury, and died at the scene.

An investigation supported by the Health and Safety Executive saw detectives from West Midlands Police charge Alutrade Limited with corporate manslaughter over the death on July 24, 2017.

In addition, director Malcolm George, 53, Bromsgrove, director Kevin Pugh, 44, from Sutton Coldfield, and manager Mark Redfern, 59, of Rowley Regis, have all been charged with gross negligence manslaughter.

They will appear at Walsall Magistrates Court for an initial hearing on September 23.

The family of Mr Towns, who lived in Oldbury, said today: “It has been almost three years since we sadly lost Stuart and there is not a day that passes that we don’t think of him.

“The past three years have been very painful and it breaks our hearts he is no longer with us.

“Following the news of the charges that have been made, we remain hopeful that our questions will be answered so we can begin to make sense of this tragedy.

“Stuart was loving, caring, generous, full of life and always had a smile on his face. He was always willing to help anyone that needed it and would never expect anything in return.

“His huge presence is greatly missed by us all.”

They said everyone who knew Stuart would have fond memories to look back on, adding he was always there for his family and friends.

“Stuart was a father-of-one, he was a loving son and brother, a good friend with a kind heart.

“He will be forever loved and always missed.”

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