It’s exactly 25 years today that a lorry full of explosives blew up on an industrial estate in Peterborough.
One firefighter died and more than a hundred people were injured. The lorry was going to a nearby fireworks factory when it caught fire.
800kg of explosives were on board, they detonated in a yard on Fengate damaging buildings and vehicles.
A plaque dedicated to John Humphries – the firefighter who died – has been put up on the site.
Twenty-five years ago a lorry full of explosives blew up on an industrial estate in Peterborough, killing one and injuring many more.Read the full story ›
A controlled explosion at an engine factory in Peterborough has been completed.
The operation was carried out due to an "unstable chemical" found at the plant. Police say all safety concerns have been satisfied.
Police are urging residents to stay in doors in Peterborough while a controlled explosion is carried out at an engineering plant.
Staff were evacuated from the Perkins site, which produces engines for use in construction and agriculture machinery, at around 1:30am this morning.
The engineering company called us to tell us they'd found this chemical in an unstable state and that they would like some assistance in dealing with it.
"The risk is very, very low to the general public. Those living in neighbouring streets should stay indoors as a precaution.
"We hope to resolve the situation as soon as possible."
A spokeswoman for Cambridgeshire Fire and Rescue Service said a fire engine is on standby at the scene but the service has so far not been involved.
Residents are part of Peterborough are being told to stay indoors while a controlled explosion takes place on an unstable chemical.
Staff were evacuated from Perkins on Frank Perkins Highway at 1:30am this morning.
A 500metre has been set up around the site and roads are currently closed.
Police say The chemical does not pose a risk to nearby residents, however people are being advised to stay indoors as a precaution.
A controlled explosion is due to take place in Peterborough in the next hour. It's after staff were evacuated from the Perkins engines site on the Frank Perkins Highway because of an unstable chemical. Residents are being advised to stay indoors. More follows...
UPDATE. Numerous surrounding roads around the Frank Perkins Parkway Are CLOSED also.
A1139 Frank Perkins Parkway, Peterborough. CLOSED. Ongoing Incident Nearby.
Police have arrested a man following an explosion at Conservative Hall in Burghley Street, Bourne, at around 1:24am this morning.
Officers attended the scene and minor damage had been caused to the building and no one had been hurt.
Initial inquiries were carried out and a 24-year-old local man was arrested in connection with the incident. He is currently helping police with their inquires.
Early indications suggest this incident is not linked to any wider issues or recent events in the county.
Two people have been convicted of manslaughter following an explosion at a kebab shop in Leicester which killed a man last year.
Fiaz Ansari, who died in the blast, caused the fire himself in an attempt to claim a quarter of a million pounds from his insurance company. Shahbaz Khan, from London and Mehwish Yasin, from Birmingham, assisted him in the plot.
Shahbaz Khan, 25, from Harrow, and Mehwish Yasin, 25, from Birmingham, were involved in an explosion on 29 August 2011 at Kam's King of the Grill Kebab Shop in which the owner Fiaz Ahmed Ansari died.