Blast properties demolished

Up to six properties are being demolished and work is continuing to remove roof slates and bricks from the houses hit by a Newark blast, while forensic investigations take place. Some residents have returned home. Two bodies were found at the scene.

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Newark gas blast victims named as Leslie and Jeanette Rourke

A man and a woman who died in a suspected gas blast have been named locally as Jeanette and Leslie Rourke.

The pair are thought to have died following the explosion at the terraced house on Sunday, which has left a second man, believed to be Nicholas Rourke, in hospital.

Leslie Rourke Credit: NTI

However a four-month old girl had a miraculous escape, after she was rescued from a neighbouring property, with a woman and a seven-year-old boy, Nottinghamshire Police said.

They were taken to the city's Queen's Medical Centre for treatment and have since been discharged.


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Four-month-old baby survived gas blast

A Nottinghamshire Police spokeswoman confirmed a woman and two men had been in the house where the suspected explosion took place.

She said a woman and two children, a seven-year-old and a four-month-old baby, were taken to hospital from the next door property and later discharged.

The spokeswoman said she was unable to confirm the sex of the children or the ages of the other adults involved at this time.

Newark explosion: Helpline set up for those affected

A helpline for local residents affected by the explosion in Newark yesterday (Sunday 19 May) has been set up by Nottinghamshire County Council.

The Grove Leisure Centre has been established as a place of safety and the Council is assisting emergency services as required. Local residents who were evacuated due to the explosion who require information on when they can return can contact the Council on 0300 500 80 80.

– Nottinghamshire County Council


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