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A mother and her two sons are believed to be among the five victims of an explosion in Leicester.

Mary Rajoobeer, 46, and her two sons, Shane, 18, and Sean, 17, were named by police on Tuesday as missing following the explosion at a Polish supermarket with two flats above it on Sunday just after 7pm.

Leah Beth Reek, 18, who was Shane's girlfriend, and Viktorija Ljevleva, 22, are also missing.

Leicestershire Police said search and rescue teams found five bodies in the wreckage but they were so badly injured "it may be some considerable time before the bodies can be formally identified".

Video:CCTV captures Leicester explosion

Another five people were taken to hospital on Sunday night following the blast in Hinckley Road.

One of them remains in hospital with "life-threatening" injuries.

Shocking footage of the explosion was captured on CCTV, showing debris being blasted across the road to the opposite pavement.

Image from the scene. Pic: Graeme Hudson
Image:The cause of the blast is being investigated. Pic: Graeme Hudson

The building was still on fire on Monday morning.

Police said the five supposed victims' relatives have been informed and "are being supported by specially-trained officers at this desperate time", a police statement said.

Teams remain at the scene as part of the investigation into why the building exploded then set on fire.

Five people were killed when an explosion destroyed a shop in a Leicester street, police have said.
Video:Smoke rises after Leicester blast

Their work is being hindered by adverse weather conditions as a Siberian cold front spreads across the UK, with heavy snow forecast for later on Tuesday.

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The A47 will remain closed in both directions as they carry out the investigation.

Search teams have faced continuous difficulties at the site, having to suspend work periodically due to concerns over the structural integrity of neighbouring buildings.

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