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Leicester shop explosion: Mary Ragoobar formally identified

Mary Ragoobar and sons Shane and Sean Image copyright Facebook
Image caption Mary Ragoobar was killed in the blast, along with her sons Sean (left) and Shane (right)

The fifth person killed in an explosion in Leicester has been formally identified.

Mary Ragoobar, 46, died along with her sons Shane Ragoobeer, 18, and Sean Ragoobeer, 17, in the blast in Hinckley Road on 25 February.

Shane's girlfriend Leah Reek, 18, and shop worker Viktorija Ijevleva, 22, also died in the explosion.

Inquests into all of their deaths will be opened at Leicester Coroners' Court on Thursday.

Mrs Ragoobar and her family lived in the two-storey flat above a Polish supermarket in Hinckley Road.

Her husband, Jose Ragoobeer, was working at the time of the explosion. Their youngest son survived and remains in hospital.

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Image caption The shop and flat in Hinckley Road, Leicester, were both destroyed in the blast

On Monday, Leicester Magistrates' Court was told the explosion was caused by petrol being spread through the shop.

Store owner Aram Kurd, 33, Hawkar Hassan, 32, and Arkan Ali, 37, have been charged with arson and manslaughter.

All were remanded in custody and will appear at Leicester Crown Court on 3 April via video link.

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Image caption The explosion killed Viktorija Ijevleva, the partner of Arkan Ali - one of the men accused of arson and manslaughter

On Tuesday, a man in his 30s, from the East Midlands, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter and remains in custody.

It followed the arrest of a man in his 40s, from East Anglia, who was held on suspicion of manslaughter. He has since been released under investigation.

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Image caption Leah Reek, girlfriend of Shane Ragoobeer, also died in the explosion

Two other arrested men have also been released under investigation.

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