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Charge over deaths in Hoddesdon industrial explosion

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Image caption Emergency services, including two air ambulances, were called to Plumpton Road after the blast

A man has been charged following the deaths of two brothers in an explosion at an industrial unit.

Three men were injured in the blast at the premises on Plumpton Road in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, last October.

Two of them, Jashar Lamallari, 37, and Ardian Lamallari, 42, both from Wood Green, London, later died in hospital.

Simon Thomerson, 40, from Southerland Avenue in Maida Vale, London, has been charged with two counts of manslaughter by gross negligence.

He also faces charges of breaching health and safety laws.

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The explosion happened at about at 16:40 BST on 3 October.

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Image caption The building was unoccupied at the time, but it is believed the men were carrying out work on it

At the time Hertfordshire Police said the unit was unoccupied, but it was believed the men had been carrying out some work on the building.

Mr Thomerson was released on bail and will appear before magistrates in St Albans on 16 August.

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Image caption A third victim was treated for injuries but later discharged from hospital

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