– DETECTIVE SUPERINTENDENT ROB VINSON
We urgently need to speak to these two young people about where they found the bag.
Dr Shakoor remembers leaving his Toshiba Satellite laptop in the lounge when he went to bed that evening.
The fire that raged through the downstairs of the house has left the contents totally destroyed.
We now believe that this laptop may have been stolen.
Recent developments have moved the investigation forward in a number of directions and we now believe that there was a burglary at Dr Shakoor's house in Barn Mead in which items were removed from the house.
We believe that this burglary took place after the family had gone to bed and before the fire was discovered.
– Detective Superintendent Rob Vinson
Our inquiries have revealed that in Harlow during the same evening and early morning there were two other unsuccessful attempts to break in to other properties and one where entry was gained but the suspect was disturbed and nothing was taken.
How these incidents relate to the current investigation is ongoing.
Detective Superintendent Rob Vinson said he was seeking to speak to a teenage boy and young girl who were seen throwing a laptop bag away near the family home.
Officers originally said they suspected the fire was an arson attack but later claimed no accelerant had been found at the scene.
Police have confirmed scientists had found no evidence of a flammable liquid being used.