Three arrests over death of boy in Deptford house fire in 2018

Police investigating a blaze which claimed the life of a seven-year-old boy have made three new arrests as they continue to appeal for information.

Just over two years on from the fire in Deptford which killed Joel Urhie, pictured above, officers have arrested three men, aged 21, 22 and 24, on suspicion of conspiracy to murder.

All three have been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

On August 7, 2018 Joel’s body was found by emergency services in the upstairs bedroom of the house in Adolphus Street which he shared with his mother.

His mother – and his older sister, who was also upstairs in the house at the time, escaped by jumping from first floor windows.

A murder investigation was launched and police believe the fire was started when a burning item was pushed through the letterbox.

A post-mortem conducted at St Thomas’ Hospital the next day found Joel’s injuries to have been consistent with fire and smoke inhalation.

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Wrigley, leading the investigation, said: “Despite the passing of two years, this remains a very open and active investigation.

“I remain very keen to hear from anyone who may have information that could assist my team.

“The loss of such a young and innocent life is always tragic, but the pain of losing a child under these circumstances is immeasurable.

“There are people out there who know exactly what went on and who is responsible for Joel’s death. I need them to do the right thing and get in touch.”

“I am appealing directly to anyone with information who didn’t feel able to come forward at the time of the incident to do so now. If you want to remain anonymous that’s fine, but please do come forward.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the dedicated incident room on 020 8345 3715, 101 or Tweet @MetCC.

To remain anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or click here where you will not be asked for your name and your IP address will not be recorded.

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