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Five people now confirmed dead as body is pulled from Leicester explosion rubble
Emergency services have been searching through the debris (Picture: SWNS)

A body has been discovered at the scene of the explosion in Leicester bringing the death toll from the blast to five, police said.

Emergency services have been searching through the rubble of the Londis shop that was destroyed by the explosion, which happened at about 7pm on Sunday.

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Leicestershire Police said on Monday morning that four people had died, but there were fears more bodies could be discovered at the scene.

Another five people remain in hospital following the incident in Hinckley Road, with one of them in a critical condition.

Superintendent Shane O’Neill said: ‘We know the explosion and subsequent fire will have caused considerable concern to residents and business owners in the area and we would like to thank people for their support and patience while teams continue with their work at the scene.

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Towering flames could be seen at the scene of the explosion in Hinckley Road (Picture: SWNS)
Members of the emergency services move debris at the site of an explosion which destroyed a convenience store and a home in Leicester, Britain, February 25, 2018. REUTERS/Darren Staples
Five people have been killed and another five are in hospital (Picture: Reuters)
The scene on Hinckley Road in Leicester, after a
Six fire engines were called to the scene as firefighters launched a search and rescue operation (Picture: PA)

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‘There are now five confirmed fatalities and a number of people still undergoing treatment in hospital. The building consisted of a shop premises on the ground level and a two-storey flat above it.

‘We believe there may be people who have not yet been accounted for and rescue efforts continue in order to locate any further casualties.

‘Although the cause of the explosion is not yet known, there is no evidence that this is linked to terrorism.’

This is a breaking news story and will be updated.

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