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Man admits destroying row of houses in Oldham blast

The aftermath of the gas explosion on Buckley Street, Shaw, Oldham. Credit: Greater Manchester Police handout

Andrew Partington, 27, admitted killing a two-year-old boy after causing a massive explosion in Shaw, Oldham, in June.

The explosion "obliterated" Partington's rented terrace house and two neighbouring homes, with the rest of the row and surrounding streets also left devastated.

Jamie Heaton, 2, had been watching children's TV in the lounge next door and was killed in the blast.

Partington, who was seriously injured in the incident, appeared at Manchester Crown Court by videolink from jail today.

He pleaded guilty to manslaughter and eight charges of destroying neighbouring houses in the blast on Buckley Street, Shaw, Oldham.


Police investigating fatal Oldham stabbing arrest four

Three men and a woman have been arrested after a man was found with serious stab wounds at a house in Oldham in the early hours of Monday.

The 48-year-old victim later died in hospital. The men - aged 57, 39 and 32 - and a 29-year-old woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Greater Manchester Police are investigating the incident.


Parents of boy killed in explosion visit scene

Michelle and Ken Heaton, whose two-year-old son Jamie died in an explosion in Shaw, Greater Manchester.

The parents of a two-year-old killed in an explosion in Shaw, Greater Manchester, visited the scene earlier and looked at messages and flowers left by well-wishers in memory of their son.

Michelle and Ken Heaton look at flowers and messages left in memory of their son.

'Boiler maintenance' investigated in Shaw explosion

A man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over a gas blast which killed a two-year-old boy has been released on bail.

The 32-year-old from the Shaw area of Oldham was held in London yesterday and was taken to Manchester today for questioning in connection with Tuesday's massive explosion.

Police said they understood the suspect may have done some boiler maintenance work at one of the houses in Buckley Street, Oldham.

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