Dorset

Poole explosion: Ex-husband admits arson

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Media captionPoole house explosion captured on CCTV

A man has admitted causing an explosion which destroyed a property in Dorset, injuring himself and his ex-wife.

Ian Clowes, 67, was airlifted to hospital following the blast in Poole in October.

At a hearing in Bournemouth Crown Court, Clowes pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life would be endangered but denied a charge of arson with intent to endanger life.

He has been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 12 April.

Image caption The blast was captured on a neighbour's CCTV camera

The property in Sterte Road partially collapsed following the explosion, which happened at about 13:45 BST on 22 October.

Clowes, of no fixed address, was rescued from a first-floor flat, while his ex-wife, who is aged in her 60s, was taken from a flat on the ground floor with minor injuries.

Neighbouring homes were evacuated and the road was closed.

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