Four dead in house fire

Four people have died in a house fire in the Wood Hill area of Leicester, police said. The property has been cordoned off to allow for a full forensic examination.

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Mourning father makes 'passionate' speech at mosque

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:

He said that he has been comforted by the condolences received from the community in Leicester and throughout the UK and abroad.

He said he had come to Leicester in 2007 after being impressed with its community and its educational system.

He was adamant that he will not sit in a corner but carry on his family's mission of being good representatives of their faith, and he urged the congregation to do the exact same.

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.

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Three women and two men held over house fire deaths

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:

The arrests, of three women aged 19, 20, 27 years old and two men aged 49 and 19, were made earlier this afternoon.

Forensic enquiries are still underway at the scene and local officers are undertaking patrols in the area.

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Officer thanks people of Leicester after two tragedies

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.

Prayers held at fire tragedy family's mosque

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.

Police: Fire victims 'not involved' in Kent Street assault

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."

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