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Daughter of triple murderer says she does not want him in Telford

Tasnim Lowe was just 16 months old when her father killed her mother. Credit: Good Morning Britain

The daughter of a triple murderer has said she does not want him to be allowed in her hometown.

Tasnim Lowe was just 16 months old when her father, Azhar Ali Mehmood, murdered her mother, auntie and grandmother in a house fire.

Mehmood could be considered for parole next year.

Speaking on Good Morning Britain, Tasnim said she does not want him to be allowed back to her hometown, Telford in Shropshire, if he is released.

I don’t think he’ll get it [parole]. If he does get it, that's up to him and his family and what they want to do.

I just ask for him to not be put back into Telford. That's my only ask.

– Tasnim Lowe
Three people were killed in the house fire, including Tasnim's mother Lucy. Credit: ITV News Central

Lucy Lowe - Tasnim's mother - her auntie Sarah and her grandmother Linda were all murdered by Mehmood in an arson attack in 2000.

Tasnim was found wrapped in a blanket under a tree in the back garden.

Mehmood denied murder but was convicted of three counts of murder and one count of attempted murder by a jury in 2001. He was jailed for life with a minimum term of 18 years.

Azhar Ali Mehmood was jailed for life in 2001. Credit: Good Morning Britain
Pictured as children: Sarah Lowe (left) and Tasnim's mother Lucy (right). Credit: Good Morning Britain

Now aged 18 and in light of the Telford abuse scandal, Tasnim is questioning her mother's relationship with Mehmood.

Lucy was 13 when she met Mehmood, a taxi driver 10 years her senior. She was just 14 when she gave birth to Tasnim.

Mehmood was never charged or convicted of any sex offences.

Tasnim as a child (left) and with her mother Lucy (right). Credit: Good Morning Britain

Lucy was pregnant with her second child when she died, aged 16.

Tasnim said she was raising awareness about their relationship to give her mother 'a voice'.

She didn’t have a voice. All these girls, when this happened, they get to speak. Lucy never got to speak.

The least I can do, with the circumstances I’m in, is to speak for her and to get the point across about the grooming in Telford.

I hope that she’s proud of me. I hope it’s all going to the cause.

– Tasnim Lowe
Mehmood set alight the three-bedroom house in Leegomery, Telford, in 2000. Credit: ITV News Central

Tasnim visited Mehmood in prison when she turned 16. She said he never showed any remorse for what he did.

It didn’t go very well. We don’t have contact now. You can’t really build a relationship after all those years.

– Tasnim Lowe
Mehmood could be released next year after serving his minimum term of 18 years. Credit: ITV News Central
Linda Lowe was also killed in the house fire in 2000. She was Lucy and Sarah's mother. Credit: ITV News Central

Sunday Mirror journalist Geraldine McKelvie, who worked on the investigation, has praised Tasnim’s bravery.

She needs answers about the exact circumstances surrounding her mum’s death and her mum’s relationship with her dad.

We don’t know what the circumstances are, but she’s totally right.

Her mum’s voice was taken away from her, so she deserves a chance to give her mum that voice.

– Geraldine McKelvie

An investigation by a Sunday newspaper has estimated up to 1,000 children in Telford have been victim to child sexual abuse over the last four decades.

The Home Office has said that there won't be a separate inquiry into the abuse in Telford, because of the national investigation already underway.

ITV News Central contacted West Mercia and Warwickshire Police but they have not responded.

Mehmood did not respond to Good Morning Britain's request for a comment.