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Man admits gas blast toddler death

A man's admitted the manslaughter of the two year old boy who died in a gas explosion in the summer.

The explosion happened when two year old Jamie Heaton was watching television and his Mum was hanging out the washing at their home in Shaw near Oldham.

Today Andrew Partington who lived next door pleaded guilty to a series of charges. He'll be sentenced in February.

Jamies' parents were at today's hearing, as our correspondent Rob Smith reports:


Man admits manslaughter of Oldham blast toddler

Andrew Partington

A man has admitted the manslaughter of a toddler killed in the Oldham gas blast last June.

Andrew Partington, 27, also pleaded guilty eight counts of destruction of propert at Manchester Crown Court.

Two-year-old Jamie Heaton was killed in the blast Buckley Street, Shaw.

Jamie Heaton

Around 40 families were moved to a refuge centre after the explosion damaged around a dozen properties, many of them so badly affected they had to be torn down.

Damaged caused by blast Credit: ITV Granada

Man in court over Oldham blast

Andrew Partington

A man accused of the manslaughter of a two-year-old boy in a gas explosion has been further remanded in custody.

Jamie Heaton died in the blast while watching TV in his home in Shaw, Oldham, on June 26.

Andrew Partington, suffered 40% burns and a broken back following the blast in Buckley street and was recently brought out of a coma. The 27 year old is charged with killing the youngster and causing £1.2 million of criminal damage.

Devastation caused by blast

He appeared at Manchester Crown Court today and spoke only to confirm his name. he will appear in court again in November.

A 32-year-old man, a gas fitter who is believed to have examined the boiler at Mr Partington's home days before the explosion, remains on police bail pending further inquiries.

Neighbour charged with toddler death in Oldham blast

A man has been charged with the manslaughter of a two-year-old boy in a suspected gas explosion which flattened a number of homes in Oldham.

Jamie Heaton died in the blast while watching TV in his home in Shaw on June 26.

Andrew Partington, 27, who was injured in the incident, has been charged with manslaughter and causing criminal damage.

Partington, formerly of Buckley Street, Shaw, suffered burns in the explosion in Buckley Street and was recently brought out of a coma.

The seat of the blast was at his rented terrace house, which was next door to the home of Jamie and his parents, Kenny and Michelle.

Following Jamie's death, they paid tribute to "our little man" who was "a happy, little boy, mischievous and full of laughter".

"I have today advised Greater Manchester Police to charge Andrew Partington with the manslaughter of Jamie Heaton, aged two, and causing criminal damage valued at over #1 million to houses in Buckley Street, Shaw, Oldham, on June 26 2012.

Police were called to the scene of a gas explosion in Buckley Street at around 11.15am where two houses, number nine and number 11, were destroyed in the blast and other homes damaged.

– Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS north west area Nazir Afzal
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