Men appear in court charged with manslaughter after Leicester shop explosion

An aerial view of the scene of the explosion in Leicester where five people died and a three-storey building was demolished

The blast on February 25 near Leicester city centre destroyed a supermarket and a two-storey flat above it.

The three men, including the owner of the shop, appeared at Leicester magistrates court today, to face five charges of manslaughter and one of arson with intent to endanger life.

"With three people now charged and due in court, it becomes even more important, for legal reasons, that this message is heeded".

The three will remain in custody and appear in court on Monday.

Two other men, both from East Anglia, were arrested over the blast and have since been released under investigation.

Ali, from Oldham, Hassan, of no fixed abode, and Kurd, from Leicester, looked straight ahead as they followed the proceedings through a Kurdish interpreter.

Firefighters continued to battle the flames which were started by a gas explosion
Firefighters continued to battle the flames which were started by a gas explosion

Shane's girlfriend Leah Reek, 18, and Zabka worker Viktorija Ijevleva, 22, also died in the explosion.

"That building was demolished by the explosion".

The fifth victim is believed to be Mary Ragoobeer - Shane and Sean's mother.

The sixth man, in his 40s, is also from East Anglia and was arrested on Sunday on suspicion of manslaughter.

Leicestershire Police refused to comment on media reports which said the Hinckley Road explosion may have been caused by an illegal alcohol distillery.

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