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Grandmother gives evidence in Freckleton fire trial

A woman whose four grandchildren died in a fire in Freckleton gave harrowing evidence in court today. It's claimed the fire was started deliberately by a family friend.

Christine Smith told the court she had left a party at the house in Lancashire angry because her daughter Michelle and 19 year old grandson Reece were drunk.

She had rushed back when she heard there was a fire and saw the blue flashing lights but couldn't get near the house.

Reece tried to rescue his two year old brother and their twin sisters - but all four died.

Dyson Allen denies four counts of murder. Elaine Wilcox reports.


Freckleton fire trial

Teenagers have told a court that they witnessed drinking, smoking and the taking of cannabis at a bungalow in Lancashire where 4 brothers and sisters died in a fire.

19 year Dyson Allen denies murdering the siblings.

Preston Crown Court heard claims that he was the only other person upstairs at the dormer bungalow when the blaze broke out.

Elaine Willcox reports.

Teenager on trial accused of murdering four siblings

A jury has been told of the desperate efforts to save four young brothers and sisters who died after a fire at their home in Lancashire.

Four year old twins Holly and Ella Smith, their two year old brother Jordan and their older brother Reece, who was 19, were killed in the blaze in January last year.

A family friend, 19 year old Dyson Allen, is on trial on four counts of murder.

Elaine Willcox reports.


Man charged with four counts of murder remanded in custody

Reece Smith, Holly and Ella and two-year-old Jordan Credit: ITV Granada

A 19-year-old man has appeared at Preston Crown Court today, accused of the murders of four siblings.

Reece Smith, his four-year-old twin sisters Holly and Ella and two-year-old Jordan died after a blaze swept through their home in Freckleton on January 7th.

Dyson Allen, who was charged with four counts of murder, has been remanded in custody until next March.

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