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Anniversary of Peterborough explosion

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.


Controlled explosion in Peterborough completed

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.

Peterborough explosion: risk is "low"

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."

– Inspector Kieran Mylchreest, Cambridgeshire Police

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.

Controlled explosion to take place at 6:30am

500m cordon in place around the Perkins plant in Peterborough Credit: ITV News Central

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.


Man arrested following explosion in Lincolnshire

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.

Full report: Two convicted of manslaughter following explosion at a kebab shop

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.

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