Boston explosion latest: Investigations to continue over the weekend

Photo: Albanpix
Photo: Albanpix

Friday, 5.30pm update: Police have said investigations will be continuing over the weekend.

Although no further information has been released about the identifications of the five dead or the man who was severely burned in the incident, officers will be continuing to look into the case over the weekend, in an attempt to discover more.

Friday, 2pm update: Police say they have identified three of the men from Wednesday’s explosion in Boston.

Five men were killed in the blast in Broadfield Lane Industrial Estate and a sixth received serious injuries.

Three of these men have now been identified as Lithuanians – aged 24, 26 and 32.

Police are not releasing names as families are still being informed.

A police spokesman also said officers were searching some of the other units on the site as their lines of enquiries continue.

Friday, 9.30am update: Mayor of Boston adds her sympathy to explosion victims.

Mayor of Boston Coun Mary Wright has spoken out on behalf of the council to offer her condolences for the five people who died in the explosion at Broadfeild Lane Industrial Estate on Wednesday.

Coun Wright said: “It has been a tragedy, we’ve not had anything like this in Boston before. I am sorry that has had to happen in our town.

“Our condolences go out to the families, the relatives and the friends of those who have died. I speak on behalf of members of the council when I say that if there is any help we can give, and there are many organisations out there who I am sure will also be willing to help, then that is what we will do.”

Post mortems were carried out on the bodies of the five men yesterday, but police have not yet revealed any information as to the findings.

No further details have been released about the identities of the men who died or a sixth man who was severely burnt in the blast.

Thursday, 6.30pm update: THE latest pictures from the scene reveal the inside of the unit.

The picture shows the blackened contents of the unit, with bottles clearly visible.

Thursday, 5.30pm update: MEMBER of parliament for Boston has offered his condolences to the families of those who were killed in the explosion at a unit on Broadfield Lane Industrial Estate.

Mark Simmonds spoke out to offer sympathy this afternoon, saying the incident was a “tragic event” and adding that he supported police in carrying out a full and thorough investigation into the explosion.

He said: “This accident was a terrible tragedy with devastating consequences. Whatever the results of the investigation we must implement procedures and structures to ensure this tragic event and loss of life do not occur again.

“Upon hearing the news my initial concern was for the proximity of the explosion to residential accommodation but thankfully, residents and their homes in the surrounding area are unharmed. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for those inside the building and my condolences go out to their families at this time.”

Thursday, 2.30pm update: POLICE investigating last night’s explosion at the Broadfield Lane Industrial Estate which killed five people have found evidence of possible alcohol manufacture at the damaged unit.

Speaking this afternoon, Supt Keith Owen said that officers had discovered chemicals which pointed towards the small-scale production of alcohol on the site.

He added that teams were continuing to work on the site to discover more information about the operation, but he did not reveal any more information.

Supt Owen said: “What we have there is a very smoke-filled room, and we will be working through that and working very closely with our colleagues in Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs and Trading Standards to try and expedite this enquiry.

“Enquiries are going to be fairly slow and methodical to make sure we have the facts.”

The bodies of the five men who died in the blast, which happened at around 7.30pm yesterday, have not yet been identified. Locals have speculated that the men were migrant workers, but that has not been confirmed. They are currently still in the building, but a police spokesman said they were soon to be removed and taken for post-mortem.

Supt Owen added: “Let’s not forget this is about five people tragically losing their lives. The focus of the investigation remains trying to identify the people.”

He appealed for any witnesses who saw the explosion last night, or anyone with relatives or friends who are missing and who may have been involved in the blast, to contact Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300.

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