Boston blast victims identified as Lithuanian nationals from Peterborough

FIVE men killed in an explosion at an indutrial unit in Boston have been identified as Lithuanian nationals living in Peterborough.

Vaidas Krupenkinas, 39, Laimutis Simkus, 32, Ovidijus Mejeris, 26, Ricardas Gecas, 24, and Erlandas Duzinskas, 18, all died in Wednesday’s blast.

Lincolnshire Police said their relatives had been informed with the help of the Lithuanian Embassy.

A sixth man - who has not been named - remains in a critical condition in hospital in Birmingham.

Police are still investigating suggestions that the unit was being used as an illegal alcohol distillery.

Detective Superintendent Guy Collings, leading the investigation, said: “We would like to thank the Lithuanian Embassy whose valuable assistance has enabled us to quickly identify the fatal casualties and notify their next of kin.

“All the families have now been informed and our thoughts and prayers are with them at this tragic time. The investigation continues and we renew our appeal to anyone with information to come forward and talk to us.”

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Anyone with information should contact Lincolnshire Police on 0300 111 0300 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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