Woman appears in court charged with killing toddler, 2, who died in massive gas explosion

A WOMAN has appeared in court charged with killing her two-year-old neighbour in a massive gas explosion.

George Hinds died after the blast ripped through a street in Heysham, Lancs, last May.

Four others, including his parents Vicky Studholme and Stephen Hinds, were rushed to hospital after the horror.

Sharon Greenham, 51, today appeared at Lancaster Magistrates' Court charged with manslaughter.

She is also accused of the theft of gas.

Her husband Darren Greenham, 44, faces the same allegations and is due to appear before at the same court on January 26.

A third defendant, Paul Marah, 54, is charged with theft of gas and criminal damage and appeared alongside Sharon Greenham.

They were bailed to appear at Preston Crown Court on February 11.

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Police confirmed last month the explosion was caused by a gas pipe that was cut at one of the homes.

Emergency crews were scrambled to the street in the early hours of May 16 to find two houses had collapsed and a third was seriously damaged.

Tragically little George couldn't be saved following the blast.

His parents, who were also injured, released a heartbreaking tribute to the toddler.

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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