THIS is the haunting moment a two-year-old boy grins at the camera before he was killed a massive gas blast caused by a “neighbour from hell”.
George Hinds died after the blast ripped through a street in Heysham, Lancs, last May.
George Hinds can be seen smiling in haunting footageCredit: Lancashire Police
Darren Greenham used an angle grinder to cut a pipe to sell for scrap metalCredit: PA
Four others, including his parents Vicky Studholme and Stephen Hinds, were rushed to hospital after the horror.
Neighbour Darren Greenham, 45, used an angle grinder to cut a pipe to sell for scrap metal while drunk and under the influence of drugs.
Police have now released footage of adorable George after Greenham was today jailed for 15 years for manslaughter.
It shows the toddler beaming at the camera as he repeats “night, night”.
George then blows a kiss and says “love you” before smiling again.
The clip comes after George’s father slammed reckless Greenham as he spoke of his torment.
Stephen Hinds told the court: “By Darren Greenham cutting a gas pipe to make a few quid I have lost my son, my absolute world.”
He said Greenham made the lives of his neighbours a “misery” and would play music until the early hours and even insult little George.
The dad, who who wore a blue Paw Patrol tie and took a Paw Patrol toy into the witness box with him, added: “It makes my blood boil now, I always did the right thing and reported it to the council and the police, nothing was ever done.”
George’s mum Vicki Studholme told how she had to “cope with the mounting dread of what happened to her son” while she was trapped in the rubble for two hours.
She also revealed how she felt “unsafe” in her home because of Greenham, who she branded a “neighbour from hell”.
Vicki said the family were “let down by the council and police” after making repeated complaints about the thug’s behaviour.
She added: “After the explosion, being trapped in the rubble was the most scared I had ever been in my life.
“This was until I arrived at the hospital to be told that George had died.
“Never, ever have I felt so scared as in that moment of my life.”
The court was told Greenham was facing eviction from his council home at the time of the explosion and had been cutting pipes to sell them for scrap.
The gas meter in the property had been altered so Greenham could receive gas without paying for it.
He had been stripping the pipes to sell for £400 so he could buy a car.
On May 16 last year, he took an angle grinder to copper pipes around the house unaware the glass supply had not been switched off.
Still high on drugs, the drunk continued cutting even after causing the leak which led to the explosion.
Between 20 and 40 minutes later, the blast tore through the street damaging 55 properties.
Two homes were flattened in the horror and Greenham’s house was also severely damaged.
It is still not known what caused the ignition, but quantity of gas was so great that only a light switch would have been needed.
Sentencing, Recorder of Preston Judge Robert Altham said: “Mr Greenham was a selfish and disruptive neighbour.
“He lived his life without regard for the comfort of those who were unfortunate enough to live adjacent to him.”
Greenham, who suffered a serious head injury and lost most of the use of his right hand in the blast, pleaded guilty in August to manslaughter, damaging a gas meter and theft of gas.
The massive blast damaged 55 homesCredit: PA
George died in the explosionCredit: PA
His parents slammed Greenwood as he was jailed todayCredit: PA