December 5 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
A man arrested after a gas explosion rocked a block of flats in Felixstowe has been detained under the Mental Health Act.
The 45-year-old was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life following the incident at Lancaster House in The Walk, Walton.
Initially the man, who is from the Stowmarket area, was taken to hospital for treatment for burns.
After completion of the medical treatment, he was then taken into further specialist medical care.
A police spokeswoman said he had been detained under the Mental Health Act.
A 47-year-old man, from Great Yarmouth, who was also arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger, has been released on bail until September 9.
Police, fire crews and paramedics were called to The Walk on Monday, August 5 at 9.40am.
Residents of Lancaster House, and occupants of a nearby row of houses, were evacuated from their homes and spent two hours waiting in a car park during the stand-off as police negotiators tried to engage with a man they say had taken a quantity of drugs and was threatening to dislocate a gas pipe.
At around 10.50am hammering was heard from inside the premises and a gas pipe was fractured, followed by an explosion.