A young child has died following a large explosion in the Shaw area of Oldham following a report that homes had been seriously damaged in a large explosion.
Police can confirm a young child has died and a man has been taken to hospital suffering from significant burns.
First and foremost, our thoughts are with the family of the child who has tragically died. We understand this tragedy has caused a lot of upset and shock in the close-knit community of Shaw. Three properties have been involved in a major explosion, and a large-scale response involving the emergency services and other agencies is in place. The child's family has been informed and they are being supported by specially trained police officers. Another man has been taken to hospital, where he is being treated for what are understood to be 80% burns.