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Motherwell Diocese say ‘thoughts and prayers’ are with those critically injured in Newmains explosion

Motherwell Diocese has said their thoughts and prayers are with those injured in an explosion at the former Newmains Pastoral Centre.

A man and a woman were taken to hospital with critical injuries after the explosion at the building on Bonkle Road.

Emergency services, including an air ambulance, were called at around 1.30pm. Two patients were taken to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary and are in a critical condition.

Local residents said they felt their houses shake, and nearby buildings were evacuated as a precaution.

“The Diocese of Motherwell is aware of an incident which took place earlier this afternoon at a disused pastoral centre in Newmains, Motherwell,” a spokesperson for the diocese said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those injured. Every assistance will be given to the emergency services in any investigation going forward.”

Formerly owned by the Religious Sisters of the Helpers of the Holy Souls, the Newsman Pastoral Centre was bought by the diocese in 1986. It held retreats, with thousands of schoolchildren passing through the centre over the years.

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesperson said: “Two patients, one male and one female, were taken to the Glasgow Royal Infirmary accompanied by trauma doctors.

“We received a call at 13.33 hours today to attend an address on Bonkle Road in Wishaw. We dispatched two ambulances, our special operations response team, the trauma team, an officer and our Helimed air ambulance. The first unit arrived on scene within three minutes.”

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