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BreakingLeicester explosion victims named

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

Police have confirmed the identities of four of the five people who lost their lives in the explosion in Leicester on Sunday evening.

Brothers Shane Ragoobeer, 18, and Sean Ragoobeer, 17, lived in the flat above the mini supermarket in Hinckley Road.

Leah Beth Reek, 18, came from Melton Mowbray and Viktorija Ijevleva, 22, was from Oldham.

Although the fifth person has still to be formally identified, it is believed to be the body of Shane and Sean’s mother, Mary Ragoobeer, aged 46.

Victims of the Leicester explosion
Leicestershire Police

BreakingLeicester explosion: Two more arrested

Jonathan Lampon

BBC Radio Leicester News Editor

Two more men have been arrested by police investigating the cause of an explosion and fire at a Leicester convenience store which left five people dead on Sunday evening.

The men, both in their 30s, and from East Anglia, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to cause an explosion and for offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

Leicester explosion scene
AFP

Leicestershire police said: "No further details about these men, or the three others arrested on Wednesday and still in custody, will be released at this time."

Witness appeal following Leicester explosion

Andy Trigg

BBC Radio Leicester reporter

Detectives have launched an appeal urging anyone who used the Polish convenience store that exploded in Leicester on Sunday night to come forward.

Officers want to speak to those who may have witnessed suspicious behaviour in the hours leading up to the blast.

Hinckley Road explosion
BBC

Five people died in the explosion on Hinckley Road.

Three men continue to be questioned by police on suspicion of manslaughter.

It’s vital that we speak to anyone who may have information about any people they saw coming and going into the supermarket in Hinckley Road in the hours leading up to the explosion. Was there anyone acting strangely or in a suspicious manner? Did you see any vehicles parked up, or being driven in a strange manner in the area around the supermarket?"

Det Insp Michelle KeenLeicestershire Police

Leicester explosion: Friends pay tribute to missing teenager

Matt Smith

BBC Radio Leicester Breakfast Show producer

The friends of 18-year-old Shane Ragoobeer, who is feared dead after Sunday night's explosion, have been paying tribute to him.

Ché Simms, left, and James Sweeney knew Shane from the age of twelve.

The two friends of Shane Ragoobeer
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They're now trying to raise money for his father and younger brother.

He was one in a million and such a big character. The whole of Leicester basically knew him but it's so nice to see how everyone is getting together and supporting each other."

James SweeneyFriend of Shane Ragoobeer