TV appeal to find house fire killers

GREATER Manchester detectives hope that a Crimewatch appeal will reveal details about a house fire which killed a Bolton woman and her granddaughter.

The officers hope that the BBC appeal, which was aired Wednesday 27 January 2010, will help them make a breakthrough in the case.

The fire, which occurred at Little Holme Walk in Bolton on 23 June 2008, claimed the lives of Hameeda Begum, 71, and her granddaughter Alana Mian, who was four.

The occupants were rescued from the house by firefighters, but Begum later died in hospital. Mian died a days later on 1 August 2008.

Mian’s mother, Saima, and firefighter Steve Morris, were also seriously hurt but were later released from hospital. Morris is still recovering from his injuries at home.

Detective Chief Inspector Jeff McMahon, of the Major Incident Team, said: “This terrible blaze has left an indelible mark on the family, the local community and the emergency services who dealt with it.

“We strongly believe the answers to help us catch the killer lie within that tight-knit community.

“We approached Crimewatch as their reconstructions and appeals often yields good results.

“We are hopeful that, in once again telling this tragic story, the community can come together and provide that vital piece of information to help us put the perpetrators away.

“The family have been given tremendous support from members of the public, however we now need them to help us give the family justice for their loss.

“I know there has been a lot of speculation in the community and I am sure there are people who know what happened that night and have not yet spoken to the police.

“I appeal directly to you to search your conscience and think about what the family are going through.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the major incident team on 0161 856 2197 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In June 2009, four people were charged with witness intimidation in connection with the fire.

Simon Buckley, 23, of Tonge Moor Road, Bolton, has pleaded guilty to the charge and will be sentenced following the trial of the other three.

Tracey Peers-Holland, 26, of Hawthorn Road, Bolton, a 15-year-old boy and a 17-year-old girl, have pleaded not guilty and will face trial at Bolton Crown Court in April 2010.

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