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Husband arrested over car explosion in Kent village

Car explosion in Vigo, Kent

The car was destroyed in the explosion

The husband of a pregnant woman seriously injured in a car explosion in a Kent village has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder.

Nicholas Fabian, 32, was being held after Victoria Fabian was injured in the blast in Vigo, near Meopham, at 1310 GMT on Friday.

Two children in another vehicle close to the blast were not injured.

Army bomb disposal experts examined two cars at the scene, while residents were evacuated from 40 nearby homes.

Forensic examination

Mrs Fabian, aged in her 30s, is being treated in Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford. Her injuries are not thought to be life-threatening and her unborn baby is believed to be unharmed.

Residents described hearing a loud thud, feeling the ground shudder and seeing smoke rising from the communal car park where Mrs Fabian's vehicle was parked.

Kent Police received reports of an explosion at 1310 GMT

A spokesman for Kent Police said the bomb disposal team was brought in as a "precautionary measure", to check there was no hazard before forensics teams moved in.

An emergency shelter was set up at the village hall for people evacuated from their homes.

The police cordon has now been reduced and all but eight houses can be accessed.

A stretch of Highview in Vigo remains sealed off, together with adjoining alleyways.

Police forensic examiners are carrying out a detailed investigation of the car, and a thorough examination of the scene has begun.

The temporary shelter was manned by staff from Kent County Council, Gravesham Borough Council and voluntary organisations including the Red Cross and the Salvation Army.

Kent Police said it wanted to thank the community of Vigo for its "patience and support".

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