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Newark street closed after gas explosion

Wright Street in Newark in Nottinghamshire is closed in both directions because police are still investigating the gas blast that took place between Hill Vue Gardens and Clay Lane/Cromwell Road.

Up to six properties are being demolished following the explosion at the weekend. Restrictions are also likely to be in place on other local roads as a result.

Source: INRIX


Photo released of second Newark blast victim

Jeanette Rourke died on Wright Street Credit: ITV News Central

A photo has been released of Jeanette Rourke – the second blast victim on Wright Street in Newark, which killed two people and left others with injuries.

Leslie Rourke, aged 71, also died in the explosion on Sunday evening. He is believed to be Jeanette's father-in-law.

Work continues at Newark blast site

A police cordon remains in place at the scene of a suspected gas blast in Wright Street, Newark.

Work is continuing to remove roof slates and bricks from the houses affected while forensic investigations take place.

Building Control Services from Newark and Sherwood District Council will be doing the controlled demolition of the supporting walls and the rest of the roof structure on the two neighbouring properties.

Newark blast: Some residents return home

Residents in odd numbered properties of Wright Street have now gone back to their homes.

People from Private Street and even numbered properties in Wright Street are being asked to get ready for another night away from their homes.

Demolition and forensic work may continue to disrupt utility supplies to these properties.

Residents from affected properties should report to the Information Centre at Charles Street Methodist Church or contact the helpline on 0300 500 80 80.

National Grid will need to get into the properties to restore supply and carry out testing.


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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