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Mother and two sons among five people missing in Leicester explosion

Mary Ragoobar, 46, and her two sons Shane, 18, and Sean, 17 Credit: Facebook

Police say a mother and her two sons are among the five people missing in the explosion which ripped through a shop in Leicester.

The scene on Hinckley Road after the explosion on Sunday Credit: PA

Mary Rajoobeer, 46, and her two sons Shane, 18, and Sean, 17, who lived in the flat above the supermarket which was destroyed in the explosion, are unaccounted for.

The remains of the shop and flat above after the explosion Credit: ITV Central

Leah Beth Reek, 18, who is Shane’s girlfriend, is also missing, as is 22-year-old Viktorija Ljevleva who is thought to have been working in the Polish supermarket at the time of the explosion on Hinckley Road on Sunday night.

The fireball after the explosion on Sunday Credit: Mobile phone footage still

Police say human remains relating to five people have been recovered from the wreckage, but say the devastation caused by the blast and subsequent fire means it may be some time before the bodies can be formally identified.

Thick smoke billowed out from the scene of the blast Credit: PA

The relatives of all five missing people have been informed and are being supported by specially-trained officers.

Work is continuing at the scene in Hinckley Road as part of the rescue operation after the explosion which happened shortly after 7pm on Sunday night.

Meanwhile a fundraising page has been set up to help support those affected by the tragedy.

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