A businessman who caused a huge gas explosion in New Ferry is due to be sentenced later.

Pascal Blasio, who's 57 was found guilty of causing an explosion likely to endanger life following a three week trial at Liverpool Crown Court.

The blast at his furniture shop in March 2017 left over 80 people injured and damaged more than 60 homes, shops and businesses.

He was also found guilty of fraud in relation to an insurance claim submitted to NFU Mutual following the explosion.

New Ferry blast site following gas explosion at furniture store Credit: ITV Granada

The actions of Pascal Blasio that night were nothing short of reckless. It is only by sheer luck that nobody was killed that night because of his actions. Over two-and-a-half years on dozens of people are still continuing to recover from the physical and mental scars they suffered that night and many people have still not been able to return to their homes and businesses. New Ferry has, in effect, been left to pick up the pieces of Blasio's actions.

Assistant Chief Constable Natalie Perischine,