2 men die in suspected chemical spill at Norfolk poultry plant

An investigation is underway after two men died in an industrial incident at a poultry processing plant in Attleborough, Norfolk.

Police were called to Banham Poultry, Station Road, at about 1:10am this morning (Thursday, October 4), following reports two subcontractors working on the site from a pest control company had been found dead.

Two men, aged in their 30s and 40s, were found close to the factory. No one else was injured.

A spokesman for the force said that next-of-kin have been made aware and family liaison officers will be offering support.

Detective Chief Inspector Stu Chapman said: “On behalf of Norfolk Police and other emergency services, I offer my condolences to the friends and families of the men killed in this incident and our thoughts are with them at this difficult time.

“Colleagues from Norfolk Fire Service continue to make the scene safe so that detailed investigations can begin between police, fire, and the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), to understand the circumstances which lead to the men’s deaths.”

A police cordon remains in place.


The incident comes less than a day after it was announced the firm, which is one of Norfolk’s biggest employers, was up for sale.

The firm has been family-owned since it was founded almost 50 years ago and employs more than 900 people but now finds itself facing administration unless a buyer can be found.