‘We are going to miss our little man’: Mum and dad pay tribute to toddler killed in tragic Oldham explosion

By Ian Silvera

The parents of Jamie Heaton, tragically killed in an explosion in Shaw, near Oldham, paid tribute to their two-year-old boy today.

In a statement read on their behalf, heartbroken Michelle and Kenny Heaton described Jamie as a ‘happy, mischievous little boy’ who has always full of laughter.  

The toddler enjoyed watching TV favourites such as Mr. Tumble and Peppa Pig and was in his element in the outdoors and playing in parks.

The family said: “He adored his family his brother and sister, Jack and Jodie. They loved their cuddles and play fighting.”

They added: “Even though we only had a short time with Jamie, the time we had was special and his memory will live on through Jack and Jodie and everyone close to him.

“His personality was unique and amazing. Jamie was unique and amazing – we will miss everything about him.”

The family were ‘overwhelmed’ by the support that they have received from their community and stressed that they wanted to thank their families for the enormous support that they have offered.

They ended with: “We are going to miss out little man.”

A man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter over the blast has been released on bail.

The 32-year-old from the Shaw area of Oldham was held in London on Wednesday and was taken to Manchester yesterday for questioning in connection with Tuesday’s explosion.

Detective Chief Inspector Peter Marsh, of Greater Manchester Police’s Major Incident Team, said that his team were keeping a completely open mind of how this tragic incident has occurred.  

Anyone with information about the incident should get in contact with the Greater Manchester Police.

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