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Men held on explosives charge

Detectives yesterday charged two men with the theft of explosives after a house blast on Monday which killed a man and critically injured another near an Army barracks in Wales.

The pair were appearing before magistrates at Llandrindod Wells, Mid Wales, after being questioned about stolen military plastic explosives, believed to have caused the massive blast which ripped apart a semi-detached property on a housing estate at Brecon, killing Andrew Cridland, 30. His friend, Paul Horner, 36, of Bron-y-Crug, Brecon, is still "critically ill but stable" in Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny. Detectives have discounted any terrorism link.