After a jury at Liverpool Crown Court jury today unanimously found Pascal Blasio guilty of two offences in relation to the explosion in New Ferry in March 2017, Wirral Council have released the following statement.
Wirral Council leader, Councillor Pat Hackett, said:
"For many of those affected by the explosion on March 25 2017 this verdict will bring the curtain down on one of the most traumatic effects of the incident. Ever since that night, the questions 'how did this happen?' and 'who was responsible?' have cast a shadow over residents and business owners and in many cases served as an obstacle to their ability to recover, rebuild and move on.
"The guilty verdict today will bring to an end this particular chapter of the New Ferry story, but the story is far from over. Work is advancing on a residential masterplan for the area, which the council is investing more than £1.3m on and which will provide a key trigger for the wider regeneration of New Ferry. But the area's real strength over the last two years has been its people - the resolve, determination and resilience they have shown from the very first seconds after the explosion has been inspirational and I am happy that this verdict will mean many people can draw a line under this part of the incident and continue to move forward with more certainty and confidence.”