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Murder investigation launched after woman's body found in burning flat

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A murder investigation is underway after the body of a 27-year-old woman was found in a burning flat.

Officers were called to the property, at the junction of Mere Road and Diseworth Street, in the Highfields area of the city, shortly after 7am yesterday (Sunday 21 April).

A cordon remains in place at the property.

No-one has been arrested in connection with the incident but police believe the fire may have been started deliberately.

Police have named the woman as 27-year-old Leah Fray.

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Detective Chief Inspector Michelle Keen said: “From enquiries carried out so far, we believe that the fire may have been started deliberately.

We are, therefore, treating this as a murder investigation and a cordon remains in place at the property in Mere Road.

– Detective Chief Inspector Michelle Keen

“I would ask anyone who saw or heard anything untoward at this location between 1pm on Saturday and 7.30am yesterday – and who has not yet spoken to police – to come forward with any information that you have.

“Were you driving through the area or visiting the location yesterday morning? Maybe you were going to worship nearby? You may have information that could greatly assist my investigation and police would like to speak to you.

“If you were driving through the area and have a dash cam installed in your vehicle or have CCTV installed at your property, please also make contact.”

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