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A bereaved husband and father whose family died in a fire at a house in Leicester last month says their legacy will live on and his wife's vision of helping others will continue.
Dr Muhammad Taufiq Sattar led prayers at the funeral service on Saturday. He spoke to Rajiv Popat and told him he's now at peace because his family has been laid to rest.
Dr Muhammad Taufiq, whose wife and three children were killed in a house fire in Leicester, made a "passionate" speech to around 1,500 worshippers during prayers at his local mosque.
Imam and teacher Muhammad Uwais, who was at the Jame Mosque in Spinney Hill, described this afternoon's speech:
The grieving father and husband later made a short statement to the media, in which he said he hoped that justice would prevail following the tragedy.
Three women and two men have been arrested in connection with a house fire in Leicester that killed a mother and three children.
Leicestershire Police said in a statement:
A community is grieving for the loss of a family killed in a house fire in Leicester.
Police are investigating possible links between the blaze and a fatal assault nearby in Kent Street - though they have confirmed there is "no evidence" to suggest anyone in the family was involved.
Rajiv Popat reports.
Dr Muhammad Taufiq, whose wife and three children were killed in a house fire in Leicester, said today, "What has happened has happened, and nothing can be reversed."
Dr Taufiq said in a statement, "I hope justice prevails and in future, this should not happen to any family in the UK."
One of the top officers investigating two tragedies in Leicester has told how inquiries are ongoing into whether there is a link between a fatal house fire and an assault.
Asst Ch Cons Roger Bannister, from Leicestershire Police, spoke in response to a question asked at a press conference today.
A top police officer has thanked the community in Leicester for their support while detectives carry out two murder investigations in the city.
Asst Ch Cons Roger Bannister, from Leicestershire Police, said people had been very supportive of officers during the disruption caused.
Officers have been examining CCTV as well as visiting football matches, places of worship and community events to urge anyone with information about either tragedy to come forward, he said.
It follows the death of a 20-year-old man in Kent Street after an attack on Thursday night, followed by the death of four people at a house in Wood Hill in a suspected arson attack.
Police involved in two murder investigations in Leicester have confirmed they are continuing to investigate whether there is a link between a fatal house fire and the discovery of a body in the city.
In a press conference this afternoon, Asst Ch Cons Roger Bannister from Leicestershire Police said inquiries were ongoing in the area to see whether there is any link between the two incidents.
However, he confirmed there was "no evidence" that the people living in the house in Wood Hill, destroyed by fire yesterday, were in any way involved in the death of the 20-year-old man discovered in Kent Street on Thursday evening.
Prayers have been held at the Jame Mosque in Leicester, where the family who died in a fire used to worship.
A mother and her three children died in the fire in Wood Hill yesterday.
Police have said they are treating the deaths as murder.
The victims have been named as Shehnila Taufiq, who was in her 40s, her daughter Zainab who was 19, and sons Jamal and Bilal, who were 17 and 15.
Leicester police detectives investigating a fire at a house in Wood Hill in Leicester have said there is no evidence to suggest anyone living in the house was involved in an earlier incident in Kent Street.
Police were called to the fire early yesterday morning where a mother and her three children were found dead inside a house.
Hours earlier on Thursday evening, a man in his twenties was found injured in Kent Street. He was taken to hospital where he later died. Three people have been arrested in connection with his death.
Speaking this morning Assistant Chief Constable for Leicestershire Police, Roger Bannister, said:
“While we are investigating links between the two crimes there is absolutely no evidence to suggest those who died in the fire, or indeed anyone else who lives in that property, was involved in the assault in Kent Street.
Because of the close proximity - in terms of time and location - of the two incidents, it is right that we look at whether there are links between the two crimes.
However, at this stage in our investigations we have found nothing to suggest the residents of the house devastated by the fire had anything to do with the Kent Street incident.
We have three people in custody in relation to the murder of the young man in Kent Street and we continue with the complex forensic investigations at Wood Hill."