Four arrested over Heysham house explosion in which young child died

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Our men have been arrested in connection with the blast in a house in Hesham, lancashire In which an infant died.

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emergency services Called to the scene on Mallodale Avenue in the early hours of May 16, and found that two houses had collapsed and a third was seriously damaged.

Two-year-old George Arthur Hinds died as a result of the explosion, while his parents and another man and woman required hospital treatment, Lancashire Constabulary said in a statement.

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The force said a criminal investigation assisted by gas experts had identified the cause of the explosion as a gas pipe that had been cut inside 20 Mallodale Avenue.

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A 44-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder and released on bail for further questioning, police said.

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A 54-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of theft, criminal damage and theft of electricity, while a 47-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. Both have been released after investigation.

As the investigation continues, police are still hoping to speak to anyone who may have attended 20 Mallodale Avenue in the days before the explosion.

Detective Chief Inspector Jane Webb of Lancashire Constabulary’s Force Major Investigation Team said: “These arrests are an important point in our investigation, although our inquiries are still ongoing.

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“I would appeal to anyone who has any information that they think may aid our investigation, please contact us, particularly anyone who may have been involved in 20 Mallodale in the days before the explosion.” .

“George’s parents are devastated by his death and the community of Hashem has been greatly affected by this incident. I would like to thank the community for their help during this investigation as well as those who have already learned have come forward with

“Our focus remains on finding justice for George’s family and loved ones, as well as others affected by this incident. We will conduct all kinds of investigations to ensure the right outcome for those affected.”

Any person for any information is asked to contact the police on citation 101 of log 0180 dated 16 May. They can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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