Oldham explosion: Child's death treated as suspicious
Published: 26th Jun 2012 22:26:55
The death of a child in an explosion in Oldham is being treated as suspicious, Greater Manchester Police said.
The boy, believed to be two years old, died in the explosion which happened at about 11:15 BST.
A man, 27, not thought to be related to the child, was pulled from the rubble and has been airlifted to Wythenshawe Hospital with serious burns.
Two houses in Buckley Street in the Shaw area of Oldham were destroyed in the blast, said police.
It is understood police are not, at this stage, treating the case as murder.
House numbers 9 and 11 were destroyed in the explosion and several other houses were also damaged.
Supt Neil Evans urged anyone with information about an alleged disturbance on Monday evening to contact police.
He said: "We are aware of some rumours within the local community about a potential domestic disturbance in the area last night.
"What I can categorically say is that if that is the case, the police were not called."
Speaking about the child's death, Mr Evans added: "His loved ones are absolutely distraught and we will provide them with whatever support we can at what is clearly a very difficult and upsetting time."
Emergency crews believe everyone is now accounted for following the explosion.
The scene was described as "catastrophic" by Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service's station manager Dean Nankivell.
He said: "It's just a great big pile of bricks.
"Whatever has caused this has gone with some force."
He said gas was "definitely a strong contender" for being the cause of the blast.
Alex Perkins, who lives across the road, said: "It's like a war zone - tiles that have blown off literally across the streets, there's just debris everywhere. It's mad."
National Grid said there was a report of a "gas escape" at 10:40 BST in the Edmund Street and Buckley Street area of Shaw.
The company added: "This was shortly followed by another call to report that there had been an explosion."
One hundred homes were evacuated and Oldham Council set up a rest centre at Crompton House School in Rochdale Road for residents removed from their homes.
Councillor Jean Stretton, who is helping to co-ordinate facilities for residents, said there was a "blitz spirit" at the centre.
"There is a mix of people who are quite subdued because of the shock of what has happened here today, but there is also a lot of community spirit going on," she said.
"We've had a lot of support from the local community with people coming and bringing donations of clothes and baby chairs. The local stores have brought things like food and nappies and water, there has been a fantastic response."
At 10:58:03 in SportCrawley defender Paul Connolly has been suspended for five matches following an altercation with a fan during last week's 1-0 defeat at Brentford.
At 10:57:40 in Northern IrelandA 57-year-old woman has been arrested by detectives investigating the 1972 abduction and murder of Belfast woman Jean McConville.
At 10:57:31 in EnglandThe M26 has been closed in both directions following a crash between a car and two lorries.
At 10:56:41 in ScotlandA block of flats has been evacuated following a suspicious fire in Edinburgh.
At 10:56:03 in HealthThe ebb and flow of men's beard fashions may be guided by Darwinian selection, according to a new study.
At 10:53:46 in EnglandPaul Flowers, the former Co-op Bank chairman, has been charged with drug possession, prosecutors have said.
At 10:52:45 in SportHead coach Jon Lewis has said Kumar Sangakkara would be a "tremendous" addition for Durham, amid reports the wicketkeeper-batsman will join the county champions on a short-term basis.
At 10:52:07 in EnglandA man charged with murdering a woman in Liverpool has died after he was found "unresponsive" in his prison cell following a court appearance.
At 10:50:14 in SportDefender Ash Taylor is confident that Tranmere Rovers will do enough to ensure their League One survival in the final four matches of the season.
At 10:48:58 in ScotlandFinnish engineering firm Metso Corporation has rejected a bid by rivals Weir Group to start talks over a possible merger.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Oldham explosion: Child's death treated as suspicious [Online] (Updated 26th Jun 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1437058/Oldham-explosion-Childs-death-treated-as-suspicious [Accessed 16th Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
The ebb and flow of men's beard fashions may be guided by Darwinian selection, according to a new study.
A 57-year-old woman has been arrested by detectives investigating the 1972 abduction and murder of Belfast woman Jean McConville.
The number of people out of work in the UK has fallen by 77,000 to a five-year low of 2.24m in the three months to February, official figures indicate.
With the doors to its brand new £1million training centre officially open, one of the UK's leading apprentice training providers, Bristol based S&B Automotive Academy, is showcasing its world-class facilities by launching a series of foreign student exchanges for the first time in its 41-year history. To get a flavour of what life is like as an apprentice in the UK, the Academy hosted 16 apprentice engineers and bus drivers from the G9 Automotive College in Hamburg, Germany, as part of a Europe-wide vocational training initiative called the ‘Leonardo Programme’ with support from the European Social Fund. In a reciprocal arrangement, S&B will be sending nine apprentices to Germany during February 2012 so that they can get an appreciation of life in the automotive industry on the Continent. A further three German exchange groups are being planned for next year. Designed to assist the development of vocational skills and training across Europe, including work placements for trainees, the Leonardo Programme has a budget of €1.75bn, which is helping to encourage UK organisations to work with their counterparts abroad. In what is expected to be another challenging year for employers in the UK automotive sector, S&B’s Chief Executive, Jon Winter, claims that the exchange initiative will bring many benefits to the Academy and its apprentices: “In a world of global automotive brands, it’s important for our learners to understand the international context of the industry they have chosen to make their career. This new exchange programme will enable apprentices and Academy staff alike to achieve a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities within the automotive arena in Europe. With the Academy’s influence also extending to the USA and Asia, there’s every possibility that this initiative could move further afield in the future.” Continued Winter: “The need for skilled technicians across the world is on the increase and we actively encourage our apprentices to look at broader horizons during their training. Many of them have already learned the phrase ‘Vorsprung durch Gelehrtheit’, quite simply, ‘Advancement through learning.” In the 2010/11 academic year, S&B doubled the number of successful Apprenticeships over the previous year with some 350 apprentices graduating from the Academy. At the same time, achievement levels reached an all-time high with an overall success rate of 85%. For those learners on the Advanced Apprenticeship three-year programme, success rates were even higher, at over 98%. PHOTO CAPTION: As part of their exchange visit, S&B Automotive Academy arranged for the German apprentices to visit Hampshire bus operator, Bluestar, at its Barton Park depot. The students are pictured with S&B’s Andy West (3rd right) and Steve Prewett, Bluestar’s Area Engineering Manager (2nd right). Ends http://www.sandbaa.com
Rock musician Paul Weller has won £10,000 damages after the Mail Online published pictures of his children.
Crawley defender Paul Connolly has been suspended for five matches following an altercation with a fan during last week's 1-0 defeat at Brentford.