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Two arrests over family death blaze in Essex

Detectives investigating a fire which killed six members of the same family in Harlow have made two arrests. Doctor Abdul Shakoor was the only survivor of the blaze at the family's home in Barn Mead, Harlow, last October.

Scene following a house fire in Barn Mead Harlow, Essex in 2012 Credit: Press Association

Sabah Usmani, and their children, Muneeb, nine, Rayyan, six, Hira, 12, Sohaib, 11, and Maheen, three, all died.


CCTV of mosque arson attackers released

Police have released CCTV footage of the men they believe to be responsible for an arson attack on a mosque in Harlow on Monday.

In the footage, three men are seen approaching the Harlow Islamic Centre building.

One of the men is seen holding a drill while another can be seen with what police believe to be a canister of insulation foam.

Leaders of the Islamic Centre called the police after the attack when they found insulation foam sprayed under all of the shutters which cover the doors and windows.

Police are asking anyone who is able to identify the men to contact Harlow CID on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Mosque arson attack in Harlow

Members of an Islamic centre which suffered a suspected overnight arson attempt have said they are "very saddened" by what appears to be an anti-Muslim attack.

Police believe the incident at Harlow Islamic Centre in Paringdon Road, Harlow, Essex, took place between 10.30pm and 4am.

There had been a "concerted effort" to start the blaze by sealing entrances with foam so the fire would take hold, a member of the mosque said. Zia Rehman, the Islamic Centre's vice-chairman, said he suspects it may have been due to anti-Muslim prejudice.

Britain has seen a spike of hate crimes against Muslims in recent months following the death of Fusilier Lee Rigby outside Woolwich Barracks in south east London in May.

Man arrested over fatal Harlow fire

A 19 year man from Harlow was arrested on Tuesday on suspicion of murder, attempted murder, arson and burglary by Essex Police investigating the fatal fire in Harlow last October that took the lives of six members of the Shakoor family.

He has been questioned about his involvement in the burglary and fatal fire at Barn Mead, Harlow on October 15, 2012 and has been bailed until June 27, while further enquiries are undertaken.


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New video released following Harlow house fire

Essex Police have released a new video as part of a fresh appeal for information following the death of six family members in a house fire in Harlow.

Dr Abdul Shakoor, who lost his wife and five children in the blaze in October 2012, made an emotional appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch last night.

The emergency call made by Dr Shakoor to the emergency services has also been released by police.

Dr Sabah Usmani and her children, Hira, 12, Sohaib, 11, Muneed, nine, Rayyan, six, and three-year-old Maheen all died when the blaze ripped through their home.

Essex Police say they have already received at least 25 calls following the BBC's Crimewatch appeal last night.

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