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Police watchdog resumes Walkden investigation

The blaze claimed the lives of siblings, Demi Pearson, 15, her brother, Brandon, aged eight, and sisters, Lacie, aged seven, and Lia, aged three. Credit: ::

The police watchdog has resumed its investigation into the Walkden petrol bomb attack which killed four children.

The youngsters died as a result of the fire, which happened after their mother Michelle had told police of a feud which was threatening her family.

Zak Bolland and David Worrall were given life sentences for the murders yesterday.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct says it will now examine Michelle Pearson's dealings with Greater Manchester Police.

“Our thoughts remain with Michelle Pearson as well as her family and friends following their unimaginable loss.

“Our investigation team were at the trial. We’re aware that the information available to Greater Manchester Police and their actions before the fire was presented to the court. We will be analysing this contact in detail; to see if their response was appropriate and identify what could be learned from this tragedy.

“Before suspending our investigation we met with members of Michelle Pearson’s family to discuss our work. Although there is potentially a large amount of evidence to consider, we now aim to bring our involvement to a conclusion as soon as possible.”

– Amanda Rowe, Independent Office for Police Conduct