Transco Faces Charges Related To Gas Explosion
Transco is to be prosecuted over the deaths of four members of the same family in a gas explosion more than two years ago, said the Crown Office in a statement. Andrew Findlay, 34, wife Janette, 36, and their children Stacey, 13, and Daryl, 11, died following the blast at their home in Carlisle Road, Larkhall, Lanarkshire, on December 22, 1999.
After carrying out its own investigations, the fiscal's office in Hamilton instructed Strathclyde Police in February 2001 to carry out further inquiries into the circumstances leading up to the explosion. A team of police officers drawn from the Fraud and Serious Crime Squads of Strathclyde Police interviewed many witnesses from across the country.
In July 2001, the results of these investigations were reported to the procurator fiscal's office, which submitted detailed reports to the Crown Office in August and September 2001. A final report was called for by the Crown, following which the decision was taken to bring charges. The Crown Office said relatives had been fully informed of all developments throughout the various stages of the inquiry by the procurator fiscal's office.