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Four arrested over paedophile's murder

Andrew Heath from Warndon died in December last year from a suspected arson attack Photo: ITV Central

Four people have been arrested in connection with the murder of convicted peadophile Andrew Heath.

He was found dead at his flat in Warndon, Worcestershire in December last year after a suspected arson attack.

At around 7.00am this morning, a man in his 20s was rearrested at an address in Ronkswood on suspicion of murder having been first arrested in January.

Three other people, a woman in her 40s and a woman and a man in their 20s were all arrested at houses in Warndon on suspicion of perverting the course of justice.

In April police confirmed 52-year-old Andrew Heath was convicted for gross indecency and indecent assault against teenage boys five times during the 1980s and 1990s. These assaults happened in Birmingham and Leicester before he moved to Worcester.

Andrew Heath was found dead at his home at the end of last year Credit: ITV Central

In April Detective Chief Inspector Paul Williamson, who is leading the operation, said:

"I have taken the decision to make public details of previous offences committed by Andrew Heath because it may have some bearing on our inquiries.

"Since his death a lot of rumours have been circulating around the local community in Warndon about Mr Heath, some of them quite fanciful, and we believe these may have hampered our investigation. We wish to set the record straight and use this as another opportunity to appeal to the public for any information".

"a lot of rumours have been circulating around the local community in Warndon about Mr Heath, some of them quite fanciful, and we believe these may have hampered our investigation"

– Detective Chief Inspector Paul Williamson

West Mercia Police say they have no records of any offences or complaints against him since he moved to Worcester.

DCI Williamson said:

"Whatever Mr Heath did in his past, he died in a terrible way and his family have been left in limbo not knowing what happened to him."

– Detective Chief Inspector Paul Williamson

In April police increased the reward for information leading to the arrest of Mr Heath's killer from £10,000 to £20,000.