Man from North West arrested over fatal explosion in Leicester

The scene in Hinckley Road Credit: Aaron Chown/PA Wire/PA Images

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, including one from the North West, following an explosion in Leicester.

Leicestershire Police said the men, all in their 30s, were arrested by officers on Wednesday evening, and were being questioned by detectives.

The force say that those in custody are from the North West, the East Midlands and East Anglia.

The arrests are in connection with the investigation into a huge blast in Hinckley Road which demolished a supermarket and the two storey flat above, killing five people on Sunday night.

Human remains were recovered from the rubble which threw debris across four lanes of traffic and sparked a large fire.

Still officially listed among the missing are Mary Ragoobeer, 46, and her sons Shane, 18, and Sean, 17.

Also unaccounted for are Shane's girlfriend Leah Beth Reek, also 18, and 22-year-old shop worker Viktorija Ijevleva.

Remains recovered from the wreckage have yet to be formally identified.

No further details will be released about these individuals at this stage. We acknowledge that the terrible events of Sunday night in Hinckley Road have attracted significant public, political and media interest.

However, in the interests of the ongoing investigation, and out of respect for the families of those missing feared dead, and those who were injured in the explosion and fire, we request that the media and public resist speculating about the identities of those arrested, the circumstances that may have led to their arrest and the cause of the explosion.

Whilst we will not disclose further details at this stage, we stress that there remains no evidence that the events of Sunday night are in any way terrorist-related.

– Leicestershire Police statement