Shaw gas explosion

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Police interview key witness in Shaw gas explosion

Scene of the explosion in June

Detectives investigating a gas explosion in Shaw that killed a toddler have interviewed a key witness in their investigation.

Andrew Partington, who's 27 was questioned at his hospital bedside as he continues to recover from the burns he received.

Two year old Jamie Heaton who lived next door was killed in the explosion in June. Officers say Mr Partington faces further questioning if and when he is declared fit enough to leave hospital.

Funeral of Shaw victim Jamie Heaton planned for next Thursday

Jamie Heaton was killed in the gas explosion

The funeral of 2-year-old Jamie Heaton, who was killed in the explosion in Shaw on 26 June, has been planned for Thursday 19 July. It will start with a service at St James Church in East Crompton, followed by a committal at Hollinwood Crematorium. Members of the public are welcome to attend.

Jamie had been watching television when the gas explosion next door destroyed his house. His parents have spoken of their devastation at losing their 'happy, loving little boy'.



Phone messages may shed new light on blast investigation

Police are hoping that a mobile phone believed still lost in the rubble of the gas blast in Oldham will give them vital clues as to what happened.

It belonged to the seriously injured neighbour of two year old Jamie Heaton who died in the blast.

It's understood the Blackberry contains messages sent by Andrew Partington to his partner.

Rob Jaskowski has the details:-

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