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  1. #1
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    UK - Jamie Heaton, 2, dies in blast from cut gas pipes, Oldham, 26 June 2012

    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.

    More with photos at BBC link
    England's dancing days are done...

  2. #2
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    I checked a couple of the articles and they never identify who the 32 year old man is, but seem suspicious of the neighbor Parkington who is said to be 27, wanting to ask him 'significant questions'. What in the world could be the motive to blow up houses where known children live? Such a cute little boy and such a tragedy for him to be killed so randomly for what reason?? Who was the person trying to harm, surely not a 2 year old boy?

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    The man who has been arrested was the person who "serviced" the boiler in the house which blew up according to the BBC
    England's dancing days are done...

  4. #4
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    Apr 2013
    From February 2013:


    A man who blew up his Greater Manchester home in a gas blast that killed his neighbour's two-year-old son has been jailed for 10 years.

    Jamie Heaton died as he watched TV at his home in Buckley Street, Shaw, Oldham, which was destroyed in the blast on 26 June. Andrew Partington, 28, who lived next door, previously admitted manslaughter at Manchester Crown Court...

    He cut two gas pipes in his house because his girlfriend had left him and taken their children, the court heard... He let his house fill with gas overnight, but said he woke up, turned off the gas supply and opened windows. Partington then lit a cigarette at about 11.20 BST, and the gas which was still in the property ignited.

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