Three bailed over fatal house fire

Three women have been bailed by detectives investigating the murder of a mother and her three children in a house fire in Leicester. Two men remain in custody.

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Three women bailed over fatal Leicester house fire

Three women arrested as part of an investigation into a fatal house fire which killed four members of the same family have been bailed.

The women, aged 19, 20 and 27, who were arrested following the blaze at a house in Wood Hill, Leicester, on Friday, have all been released while inquiries continue, according to Leicestershire Police.

Six people have been arrested in connection with the fire, which killed Shehnila Taufiq, who was in her 40s, her 19-year-old daughter Zainab, and sons Bilal, 17, and Jamal, 15.

A 19-year-old man has been released without charge, and detectives are continuing to question two men, aged 18 and 49.


New arrest over Leicester house fire deaths

Police have arrested another person in connection with a house fire that led to the deaths of a mother and her three children.

An 18-year-old man was arrested tonight and remains in police custody, Leicestershire Police said.

The scene of the fatal house fire in Wood Hill, Leicester. Credit: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

Three women and two men were arrested yesterday over the deaths.

Earlier today, a 19-year-old man was released without charge, however an extension for further detention was granted for the other suspects.


Three women and two men held over house fire deaths

Three women and two men have been arrested in connection with a house fire in Leicester that killed a mother and three children.

Leicestershire Police said in a statement:

The arrests, of three women aged 19, 20, 27 years old and two men aged 49 and 19, were made earlier this afternoon.

Forensic enquiries are still underway at the scene and local officers are undertaking patrols in the area.

Mourning father makes 'passionate' speech at mosque

Dr Muhammad Taufiq, whose wife and three children were killed in a house fire in Leicester, made a "passionate" speech to around 1,500 worshippers during prayers at his local mosque.

Imam and teacher Muhammad Uwais, who was at the Jame Mosque in Spinney Hill, described this afternoon's speech:

He said that he has been comforted by the condolences received from the community in Leicester and throughout the UK and abroad.

He said he had come to Leicester in 2007 after being impressed with its community and its educational system.

He was adamant that he will not sit in a corner but carry on his family's mission of being good representatives of their faith, and he urged the congregation to do the exact same.

The grieving father and husband later made a short statement to the media, in which he said he hoped that justice would prevail following the tragedy.

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