Three men have been charged over a fatal explosion in central England which left five people dead and demolished a building.

In a statement, Leicestershire Police said the suspects were charged with arson with intent to endanger life and five counts of manslaughter.

The blast destroyed a supermarket and a two-storey flat in the city of Leicester on 25 February.

The force of the explosion was so strong it shook nearby homes, neighbours said.

A 46-year-old woman and her two teenage sons were killed in the blast, along with one of their girlfriends, 18, and a 22-year-old woman.

One of those facing charges is from Leicester, another from nearby Coventry the third from Oldham in north-west England. All are in their 30s and are due to appear in court on Monday.

Following the three arrests on Wednesday, two other men from eastern England were taken into custody on Friday and continue to be questioned by police.