Two people charged with manslaughter after toddler killed in Heysham gas explosion

Two people have been charged with manslaughter after a toddler was killed in gas explosion at a home in Heysham.

Friday, 17th December 2021, 7:33 pm
Updated Friday, 17th December 2021, 7:34 pm

Emergency services found two houses had collapsed and a third was seriously damaged after being called to Mallowdale Avenue at around 2.40am on May 16.

Two-year-old George Arthur Hinds died as a result of the blast, while his parents and another man and woman required hospital treatment, police said.

George’s parents continue to be supported by specially trained officers.

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Emergency service were called to the scene in Mallowdale Avenue, Heysham on May 16

Detectives said a criminal investigation assisted by gas experts had identified the cause of the blast as a cut gas pipe inside 20 Mallowdale Avenue.

Four people were arrested in connection with the investigation in October.

Today (December 17), Sharon Greenham, 51, and Darren Greenham, 44, both of Ambleside Avenue, Lancaster were charged with manslaughter and theft.

They are both due to appear at Lancaster Magistrates Court on January 12, 2022.

Toddler George Arthur Hinds, aged just two years and 10 months, died as a result of the blast

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A criminal investigation was launched in the days following the explosion
Detectives assisted by gas experts identified the cause of the explosion as a gas pipe which had been cut inside number 20 Mallowdale Avenue
The scene in Heysham