Explosion averted at Accrington flats after gas meter ran out of money
A 27-YEAR-OLD man is facing jail after admitting severing a gas pipe following a row with his ex-partner.
Carl Michael Landon, of Willows Lane, Accrington, pleaded guilty to destroying or damaging property, being reckless as to whether life was endangered and common assault at Burnley Crown Court.
Magistrates had previously been told the only reason the block of flats in which his partner lived, in Platt Close, did not explode was because the supply was on a meter and the money ran out.
Speaking after the hearing, Det Con Amy Ward, from Lancashire Police’s eastern division public protection unit, said the whole incident had been the result of an argument between Landon and his then partner.
She said: “It was a very serious incident and all because Landon could not cope with the fact his partner had separated from him.
“Uniformed officers attended the incident and it was necessary to evacuate the people from the flats due to the smell of gas. If it had have exploded, we would have been looking at loss of life.
“Landon basically ripped the gas pipe away from the meter causing a gas leak.
“Residents were evacuated until the gas board turned out to make it safe.”
The incident happened in June and residents living in three flats had to leave their homes until engineers were certain it was safe to return.
Landon was remanded in custody for reports and will be sentenced at a later date.
Prosecutor Catherine Allan told Blackburn Magistrates at an earlier hearing that there had been considerable risk to the public.
She said: “The only reason the entire block wasn't blown up is that the flat was on a meter and the money ran out.”