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Emergency services workers praised following Hinckley Road Explosion sentencing

Leicestershire Police and Crime Commissioner Lord Willy Bach today praised the bravery and professionalism of bluelight workers who responded in the aftermath of the Hinckley Road explosion.

Speaking after three men were sentenced for murder following a six-week trial, Willy Bach said: “This tragic case has reminded us all how lucky Leicestershire is to have dedicated and courageous emergency services personnel ready to protect us whatever the dangers or circumstances.

“Our paramedics, firefighters, police officers, police staff and many volunteers endured long hours in freezing temperatures responding to this incident. Their skills were tested in the most devastating and traumatic circumstances with the loss of five lives and the immediate safety of many more to consider. They did so with calmness, great skill and professionalism and I’ve no doubt their actions on that day prevented an escalation of this incident. 

“From the outset, this was an incredibly complex case involving many hours of investigation work. Leicestershire Police’s painstaking enquiries unravelled the truth and ultimately led to justice.

“I would like to take this opportunity to publicly commend the efforts and “team mentality” of all those involved from our emergency responders, volunteers and partners through to the investigation team and behind-the-scenes officers. I’m very proud of the work they do and their willingness to give so much more than expected for the benefit of everybody living and working in Leicestershire.  I would like to echo the sentiments of the many people who have praised their actions since this incident and express my personal gratitude for their ongoing service.”

The sentences:

  • Aram Kurd, 34, of Hillary Place, Leicester, was given a life sentence, to serve a minimum of 38 years
  • Ali, 38, of Drake Close, Oldham, was also given a life sentence, to serve a minimum of 38 years
  • Hassan, 33, of Eld Road, Coventry, was given a life sentence, with a minimum of 33 years

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Media enquiries: Sallie Blair 01283 821012

Posted on Friday 18th January 2019
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