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A man has pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter following a devastating gas explosion that claimed the life of a young child.
Emergency services were called to Mallowdale Avenue, Heysham at around 2:40am. m. on May 16, 2021. The blast ripped through two properties and severely damaged a third.
Little boy George Arthur Hinds, aged two years and 10 months, lost his life as a result of the explosion. His parents were also injured but survived.
Couple in court over Heysham gas explosion that killed two-year-old George Hinds
In a tribute, George’s parents, Vicky Studholme and Stephen Hinds, said: “We are devastated at the loss of our beautiful George.
He was so precious to us. We have no words to describe how we feel and we just want time for ourselves to come to terms with what has happened. Our beautiful little angel grew his wings today.”
A criminal investigation was launched in the days after the explosion. Detectives, assisted by gas experts, identified the cause of the explosion as a gas line that had been severed within 20 Mallowdale Avenue.
In October, police made arrests in connection with the investigation and in December, Sharon Greenham, 52, and Darren Greenham, 44, both of Ambleside Avenue, Lancaster, were charged with involuntary manslaughter and theft of a meter/automatic machine.
Today (August 24) Darren Greenham appeared before Judge Robert Altham, at Preston Crown Court, and pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary manslaughter and robbery. He was taken back into custody to be sentenced at a later date. Sharon Greenham will stand trial at Preston Crown Court on October 4.