Man admits killing boy, 2, in gas explosion that turned street into ‘war zone’

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A man has admitted responsibility for the death of a two-year-old boy who perished in a massive gas explosion that completely flattened two homes leaving a neighbourhood looking like a 'warzone'.

Darren Greenham, 44, admitted manslaughter and theft offences after George Hinds died in a fireball that ripped through his family’s semi-detached house in May last year.

The blast saw four others, including George's parents Vicky Studholme and Stephen Hinds, injured in an explosion which locals compared to a "bomb going off"..

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Lancashire Police said they were originally called to the site on Mallowdale Avenue, in Heysham, Lancs., at about 2.40 am on May 16, 2021.

And following investigations, they found the explosion was caused by a gas pipeline being cut in a property adjacent to George’s family home.

They later arrested Sharon Greenham, 51, and Darren Greenham, 44, both of Ambleside Avenue, Lancaster, who were charged with manslaughter and theft.

Darren Greenham appeared in Preston Crown Court yesterday (August 24) to enter his guilty pleas, while Sharon Greenham is set to stand trial in October.

Shocked locals said the explosion caused debris to cover nearby streets and fields.

One nearby resident said: "I heard this enormous blast then seconds later loads of banging.

"It sounded like stuff was smashing into my roof so I thought the chimney might have collapsed.

"I got up and went outside and realised there had been an explosion on the road.

"It was utter devastation. The houses that were there before have disappeared."

Another added: "I woke up after hearing a loud blast in the early hours. It sounded like a bomb going off.

"It shook the whole house. I got up straight away and ran out to see what had happened and there was smoke and fire everywhere.

"I couldn't believe my eyes, it was like a warzone."

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And after George’s death was confirmed, his parents described him as a "beautiful little angel”

In a tribute, they 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 just want time to ourselves to come to terms with what has happened.

"Our beautiful little angel grew his wings today.”

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