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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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Harlow house fire appeal on BBC's Crimewatch

Dr Abdul Shakoor's wife and five children were killed in the house fire

Police investigating a house fire in Harlow which killed six members of the same family have made a fresh appeal on the BBC's Crimewatch programme. It featured an interview with Dr Abdul Shakoor, who lost his wife and five children in the blaze last year.

The appeal also featured previously unseen footage from the night of the fire, which was recorded by the emergency services.


Crimewatch appeal generates new calls

Essex police say they've received a number of calls after a TV appeal over the house fire that killed a family of six in Harlow.

Dr Sabah Usmani and her five children died after the blaze last month. It's now being treated as murder.

In a fresh appeal on the BBC's crimewatch programme last night, police asked for information about a laptop stolen from the house on the night of the fire. Detectives described the case as tragic and unprecedented for the force.

For more on this story visit the ITV Anglia News website.


Crimestoppers offering reward for Harlow fire information

Crimestoppers have said it would pay the reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

This is an absolutely heartbreaking incident which has devastated and shocked the entire community.

It is impossible to imagine how Dr Shakoor, who survived the fire, is coping with the loss of his family.

Please come forward to the independent charity Crimestoppers so this truly awful crime can be solved.

– Ann Scott, the Crimestoppers' eastern regional manager

Ann Scott added that people had "nothing to fear" by contacting Crimestoppers as all witnesses could remain anonymous.

Police say Harlow house was burgled before fire

Police reveal the home, where a mother and her five children were killed in a fire, was burgled on the night they died.

Sabah Usmani and her children were all killed after flames swept through their home in Harlow in Essex last month.

The children's father survived.

Police have said his laptop bag was discovered abandoned, two weeks after the fire.

Ria Chatterjee reports on the latest developments in the investigation.

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