BREAKING: Two men arrested in relation to New Ferry blast

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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of arson and fraud after an explosion left 33 people injured in New Ferry.

Merseyside Police have confirmed they’ve arrested two men on suspicion of arson and fraud.

A 62-year-old man from North Wales and a 55-year-old man from Wirral have been arrested on suspicion of conspiring to commit arson with intent and recklessness as to whether life was endangered.

Both men have also been arrested on suspicion of an offence under the Fraud Act 2006.

The explosion on 25 March left two people serious injured and destroyed several local businesses, leaving many homeless .

Last week police issued an appeal for anyone who may have photographs or video footage. 

Superintendent Ian Hassall said: “We are looking for anyone who was in the area around the New Ferry shopping area prior to the explosion, which happened at just before 9.15pm, and who may have taken a photograph or video footage on their mobile phone.

“Perhaps you were walking down the street on your way home, visiting a local shop or pub, or just standing chatting with a group of friends.

“We are also looking for anyone who has mobile footage of the moment of the explosion or the immediate aftermath.

“A lot of footage has since been shared on social media and we are keen to look at the original footage to see if it can assist with our investigation.

“We are also keen to speak to a man and a woman who were seen at a bus stop on Boundary Road just before the explosion.

“It is not believed they are connected in any way to the explosion but they may have information which could assist with the investigation.”