Barnstaple explosion suspect arrested

A 23-year-old man arrested in connection with an explosion that destroyed a house at Trinity Street in Barnstaple has been sectioned under the Mental Health Act.

The man, who has not been named, was arrested yesterday (Wednesday) at hospital in Swansea.

But police were unable to interview him in connection with the incident on November 15, 2010 as he has now been sectioned for a 28 day period.

The man will be re-assessed at the end of this time. He remains on police bail.

Barnstaple saxophonist Mike Collins was the other man inside the building when the blast occurred and continues to recover from his injuries after leaving hospital in January. Police have said he is not being treated as a suspect in the case.


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