Oldham explosion: Man arrested over Jamie Heaton death
Published: 27th Jun 2012 22:23:55
A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter after the death of a toddler in an explosion in Oldham, Greater Manchester.
Jamie Heaton, two, died in the blast on Tuesday when he was watching television at his home in Buckley Street, Shaw.
His neighbour Andrew Partington, 27, suffered severe burns in the suspected gas explosion.
Earlier, Jamie's parents paid tribute to their son describing him as a "happy, loving little boy".
In a statement they said he was a "precious son" to Michelle and Kenny and a loving little brother to Jodie and Jack.
"Jamie's life was full of laughter," they said.
"He loved going to preschool, playing with sand and water and going to the park. He touched the hearts of all who knew him and will be missed by all."
Jamie's mother Michelle had been in the back yard at the time of the explosion, hanging out washing.
Her husband Kenny and two other children, Jodie and Jack, were not at home.
A Greater Manchester Police (GMP) spokesman said: "A 32-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter following the death of a two-year-old boy in an explosion in Oldham."
Earlier, the force said it was waiting to question Mr Partington and that officers had "significant questions" to put to him.
Police are at his bedside at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester waiting to be given the go-ahead by doctors to question him. They said he remained in a serious but stable condition.
Steve Heywood, Assistant Chief Constable of GMP, earlier told a press conference: "We have had some information to suggest it may not be accidental so we are treating it as a suspicious death and therefore a homicide investigation is undertaken."
National Grid has said the blast was not caused by a gas pipe leak.
The massive explosion destroyed number 11 Buckley Street, where Jamie lived, and number nine, where Mr Partington lived.
It is understood Mr Partington had only moved into the property about six weeks ago.
Flowers were left in tribute at the edge of the police cordon still in place around the devastated streets at the centre of the blast.
At 12:55:33 in SportCoach Bobby Crutchley says Tim Whiteman has added an air of invincibility to the England squad for their Four Nations tournament in Glasgow.
At 12:50:28 in SportSt Johnstone striker Stevie May plans to open contract talks with the Perth club before the end of the season.
At 12:48:18 in SportTeam Sky will be without Great Britain's Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome for next month's Giro d'Italia, which starts in Belfast.
At 12:47:19 in ScotlandTwo men who admitted setting fire to a stolen car in an Aberdeenshire supermarket car park while people were still sitting inside have been told to carry out unpaid work.
At 12:47:14 in EnglandA woman in her 70s has been seriously injured after a BMW car crashed into her home in Essex.
At 12:41:30 in EnglandA detective sergeant, who was wrongly convicted of rape, has been suspended, despite an order to reinstate him.
At 12:40:59 in EnglandCoronation Street actress Barbara Knox has pleaded not guilty to drinking and driving.
At 12:38:34 in ScotlandPolice are investigating after a "large quantity" of bees were stolen from a Perthshire farm.
At 12:38:01 in SportGoodwood golfer Harry Callow says he was inspired to take up the sport after watching the film Happy Gilmore.
At 12:36:19 in WalesMore than 1,500 people in Wales have been caught not wearing seatbelts during a two-week campaign.
Harvard CitationBBC News, 2012. Oldham explosion: Man arrested over Jamie Heaton death [Online] (Updated 27th Jun 2012)
Available at: http://www.ukwirednews.com/news/1437306/Oldham-explosion-Man-arrested-over-Jamie-Heaton-death [Accessed 24th Apr 2014]
News In Other Categories
Hospital admissions for dog bites are three times as high in the most deprived areas of England as in the least, official figures show.
Coach Bobby Crutchley says Tim Whiteman has added an air of invincibility to the England squad for their Four Nations tournament in Glasgow.
A woman in her 70s has been seriously injured after a BMW car crashed into her home in Essex.
Coronation Street actress Barbara Knox has pleaded not guilty to drinking and driving.
Shots have been fired at a house in west Belfast in an incident being treated as a hate crime by police.
UK carmakers increased production in March, helped by demand from Europe and after a number of firms finished upgrading their plants for new models.