Dad of Shaw blast victim struggles with constant 'void', two years on

Blast victim Jamie Heaton Credit: ITV

The father of the Shaw blast victim says his family live with the never ending pain of "missing" the youngster, on the second anniversary of his death.

Two-year-old Jamie Heaton was killed when a neighbour tampered with gas pipes, triggering a massive explosion, on 26 June 2012.

Dad, Kenny, spoke to ITV News as he played with his surviving son and daughter, Jack and Jodie.

"There's always something missing," he said. "I always think, when I'm doing anything with the kids, that there should be another."

The blast scene on Buckley Street in Shaw Credit: ITV

The Heatons' neighbour, Andrew Partington, was jailed for Jamie's manslaughter. He cut through the gas supply in the house next door, in an attempt to spite his girlfriend after a row.

The toddler was crushed to death as the explosion demolished his home and six others along Shaw's Buckley Street.

Emotions overwhelmed Jamie's cousin, Ellie-Kate Credit: ITV

Jamie's cousin, Ellie-Kate Moss, broke down when she described how he and her brother were born just months apart.

"Just thinking about my brother reminds of him because they're [in] the same year," she said.

A memorial bench to Jamie in Shaw Credit: ITV

A charity, setup in Jamie's memory, is raising money to help children in Greater Manchester and beyond. Its first project, for which it needs £50,000, is to refurbish a local park where the toddler took his first steps.

The organisation is also holding a fundraising concert in Shaw on August 30th. To learn more about that, and the rest of the charity's work, please click here.