The first police officer at the scene of the Shaw gas blast has spoken of "absolute devastation" that greeted him.
A man who killed a two-year-old in a gas explosion in Shaw, text his girlfriend to tell her he would blow their house up.
A man who blew up his house in a massive gas blast that killed his two-year-old next-door neighbour was jailed for ten years today.
Two men were attacked by a mob after they left a house party in Shaw.
The men were walking along Beal Lane, near to Thomas Street, when a car stopped near to them.
Several men got out and launched into the attack. Both men were punched, and one of them had his head stamped on.
– Detective Constable Tony Anwas
"This was a savage attack on two men by a mob of offenders. "We are appealing to anyone who went to the party and saw what happened before, or anyone who saw the attack itself, to call us. "We have launched a thorough investigation into the circumstances surrounding this incident."
Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 0161 856 8263 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
Jamie Heaton was just two when he was killed in an explosion in Shaw near Oldham. 18 months after the tragedy, thousands have been raised to give a facelift to a local park that was very special to Jamie, it's where he took his first steps. You can find out more on Jamie's website.
Rob Smith speaks to the residents of Shaw whose lives were changed forever when an explosion ripped their homes apart.
To find out more about Michelle and Kenny Heaton's work in memory of their son, head to www.jamiessomethingspecial.co.uk.
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) have released a statement on the sentencing of Andrew Partington for causing a gas explosion which killed a two-year-boy.
The CPS said:
“Andrew Partington’s reckless actions have left devastating consequences - for Jamie’s family and for those in the Shaw community whose lives were hugely disrupted for months afterwards. When he severed the gas pipes he must have been well aware that he was putting other people’s lives and property in danger.
“We worked hard with the police to build a strong prosecution case, and so overwhelming was the evidence against the defendant that he was left with little other option but to plead guilty at an early stage. In the sentence given today, Andrew Partington now has time to reflect on the immeasurable pain that his actions have caused Jamie’s family and the extensive damage he caused to people’s homes.
– CPS statement
“I would like to extend my sincere sympathies to Mr and Mrs Heaton and their family on their terrible loss. I would also like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to the people of Shaw who have shown remarkable resilience and community spirit in the aftermath of the explosion.”
The parents of Jamie Heaton, killed in the gas blast near his home in Shaw, speak to Granada Reports.
To find out more about their charity work n their son's memory, head to www.jamiessomethingspecial.co.uk.
Andrew Partington, who killed toddler Jamie Heaton in the Shaw gas blast sentenced to 10 years in prison with a further five on licence.