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Man arrested after explosions at three homes near Stoke-on-Trent

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after explosions at three homes.

Staffordshire Police said officers received reports of blasts at houses in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Moorlands area last night.

A spokesman said:

Shortly before 10pm last night, police were called to a house in Peters Lane, Blythe Bridge.

A short time later another report was received at a house in Dandelion Avenue in Cheadle and just after 10.15pm a further report was received from a house in Axon Crescent, Weston Coyney.

Fortunately no one was injured and all three residential properties sustained minimal damage.

A 44-year-old man from Cheadle was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently being interviewed by detectives.

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Hot tub may be Legionnaires' source

A hot tub is thought to have been the probable source of an outbreak of Legionnaires' Disease, the Health Protection Agency has said.

Based at JTF Warehouse in City Road, Fenton, Stoke-on-Trent, samples taken from the hot tub were found to have an unusual strain of legionella bacteria, which matched that of the strain taken from patients with the illness.

Dr Sue Ibbotson, regional director of Health Protection Agency, West Midlands, said the organisation has taken histories from those with Legionnaires and 17 of the 18 confirmed cases visited the warehouse in the two weeks before they fell ill. One patient died after being affected by the disease.

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