Sunday, March 4, 2018

UK - Three men charged over explosion that killed five people in Leicester

(Sky News) - Three men have been charged with arson and manslaughter following an explosion that killed five people in Leicester.

Aram Kurd, Hawkar Hassan and Arkan Ali are being held in custody over the weekend and will appear before Leicester Magistrates Court on Monday.

The large blast happened last Sunday evening on Hinckley Road - destroying a building that contained a supermarket and a two-storey flat.

The victims have been named as Mary Rajoobeer, 46, and her two sons Shane, 18, and Sean, 17. Also killed were 18-year-old Leah Beth Reek, who was Shane's girlfriend, and 22-year-old Viktorija Ljevleva.

Two men who were arrested on Friday, both of them in their 30s and from East Anglia, are still being questioned by detectives.

Leicestershire Police says they were detained on suspicion of conspiracy to cause an explosion and for offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

The force has refused to comment on reports that the explosion may have been caused by an illegal alcohol distillery.

Specialist officers are continuing to sift through the wreckage in search of clues, with the scene expected to remain cordoned off for several days at least.