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Police make further appeal after fire death of Blackburn pensioner Christopher Proctor

Christopher Proctor, 88, died in the fire Photo: Lancashire Police

Detectives are renewing their appeal for information following the death of a man in a Blackburn house fire.

Police were called by the fire service shortly before 4am on Saturday November 10th to reports of a fire at the bungalow property on Pleckgate Road.

Officers say the man has been formally identified as Christopher Proctor, 88, who lived alone at the address.

CCTV has been recovered showing the movements of two people close to the address on Pleckgate Road. They are also shown at the cash machine used in an attempt to withdraw money from Mr Proctor’s bank account.

Mr Proctor’s bank book has been recovered from a drain on Whalley New Road close to Emerald Avenue. His wallet has also been recovered from a drain located on Goodshaw Road. Both of these items will be examined by forensic scientists.

Officers are continuing to study hours of security footage.

I would further renew my appeals for people to come forward with information. If anyone was in the area at the time of the fire or perhaps saw someone acting suspiciously at the drains on these particular roads, then I would urge them to get in touch with us.

Mr Proctor was a vulnerable elderly man who lived alone and has died in the most tragic of circumstances.

I believe that the answers as to what has happened at Mr Proctor’s address lie within the local community. I also know the people of Blackburn have been left appalled by what has happened and I would ask them to contact us with information.

– Detective Superintendent Paul Withers, Lancashire Police

Anyone with information is asked to call the major incident room at Blackburn on 101. People with information can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or on-line at