A DATE has been confirmed for the demolition of the cooling towers and chimney at Didcot A Power Station.

The station has long-been one of Oxfordshire's most recognisable landmarks, but became the scene of tragedy in 2016, when four men were crushed to death as they worked in the boiler house.

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Specialist firm Brown and Mason was appointed after the fatal collapse, and will use controlled explosions to bring down the remainder of the site.

Energy company RWE, which owns the station, announced this afternoon the demolition date.

The cooling towers will be brought down on Sunday, August 18, while the chimney will be demolished separately 'later in the autumn.'

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Thousands of people gathered at vantage points to see the first three of the six 325ft cooling towers blown up during the early hours of Sunday, July 27, 2014.

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A statement released by RWE added: "We are committed to reducing disruption caused by the demolition to the greatest degree possible and are working closely with our contractors, Brown and Mason, to ensure we can achieve this.

"Health and safety remains our absolutely number one priority, and we are liaising with the relevant authorities to safely manage the demolition process.

"Further details of the planned activity will be made available closer to the date."

In April Bill Service, who was then Didcot's mayor, said the demolition would 'mark the end of one era for the town and the beginning of something else.'

The exact time of the demolition has not yet been confirmed.