Memorial prayers for fire victims

Memorial prayers are to be said for four members of the same family who died in a house fire in Leicester, this afternoon before their bodies are taken to Ireland for burial at the weekend.

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Police urge mourners to Spinney Hill Park to go on foot

Police in Leicester have urged anyone planning to travel to Spinney Hill Park for a memorial event this afternoon to travel on foot to minimise traffic congestion.

Memorial prayers will be held from 4pm in the park to honour mother Shehnila Taufiq, her daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal and Jamil, who were killed in a fire at their home in Wood Hill last month.

Police to help traffic flow during memorial prayers

Police officers will be deployed to the streets of Leicester today to help keep traffic moving as funeral prayers are held for a family killed in a house fire.

Shehnila Taufiq, her daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal and Jamil will be buried in Ireland this weekend and special prayers will be held today at 4pm in Spinney Hill Park.

People in the area have been warned of possible delays as "large numbers" are expected to attend the memorial for the family.

Fifteen-year-old Jamal died in the house fire Credit: Pukaar News

Leicestershire Police say dedicated officers will be sent to the area to help minimise congestion.

Officers from the Safer Neighbourhood Team will also be patrolling the park and nearby area to offer help and reassurance to those attending the prayers.

Bilal Taufiq was 17 when he was killed in the fire Credit: Pukaar News

The family died in a fire at their home in Wood Hill on September 13.

Seven men have been charged with murder.

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Police warn of delays due to memorial prayers

Police are expecting hundreds of people to attend funeral prayers being said for a mother and her three children who were killed in a house fire in Leicester.

A service is being held at Spinney Hill Park at 4pm and delays are expected.

A large volume of people are expected to attend the prayers in Spinney Hill Park. Leicestershire Police is urging those attending the prayers to travel on foot, where possible, to minimise congestion. Other motorists are being urged to avoid the area surrounding Spinney Hill Park if possible or expect some delays."

– Leicestershire Police

Shehnila Taufiq, her daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal and Jamil will be buried in Ireland this weekend. They died after a fire at their home on 13th September. Seven men have been charged with murder.

Memorial prayers for Leicester family

House where four people died in Woodhill, Leicester Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Funeral prayers are to be said for four members of the same family who died in a house fire in Leicester. Shehnila Taufiq, her daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal and Jamil will be remembered in a ceremony in the city before their bodies are taken to Ireland for burial.

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