Two charged over firefighter deaths

A FIREWORKS factory owner has been charged with manslaughter after two firefighters died battling an explosion at his premises.

A FIREWORKS factory owner has been charged with manslaughter after two firefighters died battling an explosion at his premises.

Martin Winter, 50, owner of East Sussex-based Alpha Fireworks Ltd, and his son Nathan Winter, 23, both face two counts of manslaughter.

Retained firefighter Geoff Wicker, 49, died alongside support officer Brian Wembridge, 63, in the incident at the site near Lewes in December 2006.