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Man jailed for fatal gas blast

Andrew Partington, who blew up his house in a massive gas blast that killed his two-year-old next-door neighbour Jamie Heaton, was jailed for ten years at Manchester Crown Court.

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Jamie's parents: 'Our lives have been torn apart'

A man who blew up his house in a massive gas blast that killed his two-year-old next-door neighbour - Jamie Heaton - has been jailed for 10 years - and will serve a further five on licence.

A statement released by Jamie's parents, Michelle and Kenny Heaton, says: "On 26th June last year our lives were torn apart, as were those of our families and neighbours. Our dear son Jamie was killed in an explosion which occurred at our next door neighbour's house.

Michelle and Kenny Heaton, the parents of two-year-old Jamie Heaton. Credit: Ron Lamb/Cavendish Press/PA Wire

"When we heard the tragic news that no parent would ever expect to hear, we wanted to believe there was a reasonable explanation for what happened.

Two-year-old Jamie Heaton died in the Oldham gas explosion last year. Credit: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire

"As time went by and after extensive enquiries we have learned that the explosion was caused by a selfish and deliberate criminal act. The fact that the act was deliberate and totally avoidable has made the grieving ever harder to manage."

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