Warhead factory fire court case adjourned again

A prosecution of the Atomic Weapons Establishment has been adjourned for a second time following a decision to transfer the case from Reading Magistrates Court to Reading Crown Court.

The case, brought by the Health and Safety Executive following a fire at the Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE) Aldermaston in August 2010, was originally scheduled to be heard on 6 August 2012 but was then adjourned until 29 November.

At the November hearing the court decided, having considered the seriousness of the charges against AWE, to transfer the case to the Crown Court for consideration.

AWE managers will now face trial at Reading Crown Court on 11 March 2013 on three charges of breaching health and safety law.

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