Four people have been arrested, including a man and a woman on suspicion of manslaughter, over a devastating gas explosion in Heysham which claimed the life of a two-year-old Lancashire boy.
The sudden blast ripped through the residential street at Mallowdale Avenue, laying ruin to three homes.
Emergency services were called to the scene at about 2.40am on Sunday, May 16.
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Officers attended and found two houses collapsed with serious damage to a third property.
George, who was two months short of his third birthday, was killed in he explosion while his parents, Vicky Studholme and Stephen Hinds, were hospitalised but later discharged.
Two other people, a man and a woman, also received hospital treatment and have also since been discharged.
Today Lancashire Police confirmed they had arrested four people over the explosion.
A force spokesperson said: "Today two people, a 44-year-old man and a 51-year-old woman, were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. They have since been released on police bail pending further enquires.
"A second man, 54 was also arrested on suspicion of theft, criminal damage and abstracting electricity.
"A third man, 47, was arrested on suspicion of handling stolen goods. They have both been released under investigation."
Police said their "thoughts remain" with George's family.
His parents continue to be supported by specially trained officers.
A criminal investigation was launched in the days following the explosion and detectives assisted by gas experts identified the cause of the explosion as a gas pipe which police said "had been cut inside number 20 Mallowdale Avenue".
Detectives are hoping to speak to anyone who may have attended 20 Mallowdale Avenue in the days prior to the explosion.
"Significant point in our investigation"
Detective Chief Insp Jane Webb, of the Force Major Investigation Team, said: “These arrests mark a significant point in our investigation, however our enquiries are still ongoing.
"I would appeal to anyone who has any information that they think could assist with our investigation to please get in touch with us, specifically anyone who may have attended 20 Mallowdale in the days prior to the explosion."
She added: "George’s parents have been devastated by his death and the community of Heysham have been significantly affected by the incident.
"I would like to thank the community for their help throughout this investigation as well as those that have already come forward with information.
"Our focus remains on getting justice for George’s family and loved ones, as well as those others affected by this incident. We will be pursuing all lines of enquiry to ensure we get the right outcome for those affected.”
Enquiries are ongoing. Anyone with any information should contact police on 101 quoting log 0180 of May 16th. Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
The toddler's death prompted an outpouring of grief.
Hundreds of people lined the streets of Morecambe to remember "little angel" George.
Dozens of lorries, trucks, cars, tractors, emergency service vehicles, and even horse and carriages travelled through Morecambe in convoy in tribute to the two-year-old.
The convoy, which was Paw Patrol themed, saw vehicles beep their horns as passers-by waved and clapped for the tot.
Many of the vehicles were decorated with banners, balloons and ribbons, while one truck carried Paw Patrol mascots and Spiderman.
A photo of George was projected onto a screen that was driven through the town, with a message displayed on the back, reading: "We would like to thank everyone for their overwhelming support. Today would have been a dream come true for George.
"Don't take life for granted and cherish every moment. Rest in peace, our little angel."
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