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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2018-20-01

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Man charged in connection to New Ferry explosion

ON the evening of 25 March 2017, an explosion rocked the junction of Boundary Road and Circular Drive, New Ferry, Wirral, leaving a trail of devastation in its wake. As a result of investigations by Merseyside Police, on Tuesday, 16 January 2018, they confirmed that they had charged a 56 year old male in connection with the explosion.

Pascal Blasio, of Gillingham, Kent, was the owner and director of Homes in Style Furniture Shop which was located at the site of the explosion. We are informed that he was charged with causing an explosion likely to endanger life. The particulars of the charge being that, on 25 March 2017, in Birkenhead, he unlawfully and maliciously caused, via an explosive substance, an explosion of a nature likely to endanger life or cause serious injury to property. Pascal Blasio has since been released on Conditional Bail and is due to appear at Wirral Magistrates Court, on Wednesday, 4 April 2018.

Contract Natural Gas Limited (CNG), an independent gas supplier which provides gas exclusively to business customers, has also been charged with an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974, for failing to discharge general health and safety duty to a person other than an employee. The particulars of that charge being that between 22 August 2012 and 25 March 2017, in Birkenhead, they failed to conduct its undertaking to ensure, so far as is reasonably practicable, the health and safety of persons not in its employment, including:- Lewis Jones, by failing to ensure that the redundant live gas service to 43 Bebington Road, New Ferry, was disconnected following removing the meter.

In relation to the other 2 males arrested in connection with the incident:-

No action will be taken against a 63 year old man from the Flintshire area.

A 65 year old man from Cheshire was notified in July 2017 that he was no longer under Police investigation.


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