An explosion in Heysham, Lancashire, killing toddler George Arthur Hinds, was caused by a gas pipe in a piece of land owned by the Lancashire Police
Hinds, two years and ten months old, died as a result of the explosion.
George’s parents Vicky Studholme and Stephen Hinds were also injured, if not seriously. You were taken to the hospital but have now been released. They will continue to be supported by specially trained officers.
Two other people – a man aged 44 and a woman aged 50 – remain in hospital with injuries classified as critical.
Detectives, assisted by gas experts, searched the scene with their fingertips following the explosion and have now identified the cause of the explosion as a gas pipe that was severed at 20 Mallowdale Avenue.
Asking how and why the pipe was cut – research that is likely to take some time. The police investigation is currently classified as a criminal investigation.
Detective Chief Insp Jane Webb of the Force Major Investigation Team said, “My thoughts go first and foremost with George’s family and loved ones at this point, as well as the others affected by this incident.
“An incredible amount of work was done on site in a relatively short time. In addition to identifying the source of the explosion, we also managed to recover some items from George that I know meant a lot to his parents.
“We are now focused on figuring out how and why the pipe in # 20 was cut, and these inquiries are complex and lengthy.
“I would like to thank the community for their help so far and would like to continue to reach out to anyone who may have information that could aid our investigation. Even if you think your information is insignificant or irrelevant, please let us know and we can be the judge. “
The police have now completed their forensic investigation of the scene and it has been turned over to the local authority.
Anyone who has any information should contact the police on number 101, indicating the 0180 protocol dated May 16, or on the Serious Incident Portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020121W04-PO1
Alternatively, you can contact independent crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.