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Man and woman charged with murders after fire which killed three children while they slept in Salford house blaze.

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Two people have been charged with murder after a house fire in Manchester left three children dead.

Police confirmed that Zac Bolland, 23, of Blackleach Drive, Worsley, has been charged with three counts of murder, four counts of attempted murder and one count of arson with intent to endanger life.

Courtney Brierley, 20, of Worsley Avenue, Worsley has also been charged with the same.

They both remain in custody and are due to appear at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court later today.

Three children, believed to be 14-year-old Demi Pearson, 8-year-old Brandon Pearson and 7-year-old Lacie Pearson, died in the blaze.

Their 35-year-old mother and three-year-old sister remain in hospital.

Two 16-year-old boys were able to escape the property.

The Manchester Fire Service was called to the house in Jackson Street, Walkden at 4.58am on Monday, December 11.

GMP has voluntarily referred the case to the Independent Police Complaints Commission due to previous contact with the family as a result of previous incidents at the property.

Security measures had been put in place at the mid-terrace home, including the fitting of a device to the property’s letterbox.

The arrangements, known as target hardening, are generally used to strengthen a building to protect it in the event of an attack.

Greater Manchester Police confirmed there had been “earlier incidents” at the address.

It is understood the voluntary referral was in response to police contact with the family less than 24 hours before the fatal incident.

 

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Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad

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Egypt Football Federation has leave out Mohammed Salah on the upcoming AFCON qualifiers match with Kenya due to injury worries.

Egypt were grouped with kenya, Togo, Comoros in Group G, football fans has tipped Egypt to top the group due to their attacking threat.

The Egyptian talisman has now been ruled out of the upcoming AFCON qualifiers after due assessment by Egypt’s medical team.

The physios believe the Liverpool star’s injury, which was sustained from a challenge by Leicester City’s Hamza Choudhury earlier last month, has been aggravated during the clash against Manchester City and needed time to heal.

The Egyptian frontman will miss the two matches scheduled this week.

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Groups criticise Kenya’s census figures

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Groups has criticised the released Kenya’s population census figures stating that the results are not accurate.

It found that the total population of the country is now 47.6 million, nine million more than in 2009.

But some regions have experienced a decrease in population.

These outcomes can be hugely controversial because the size of the local population has important implications for the level of government funding they receive.

Kenya’s population is made up of many different ethnic groups, closely aligned to competing political parties.

The government has yet to release all the data on the ethnic composition of the country, but the changes in population in certain regions from this latest census have already caused arguments.

The outcome of such surveys can embolden or weaken claims made by groups for political representation or resources.

In one area of the north-east territories bordering Ethiopia and Somalia, the census indicates a decrease in the population, prompting local political leaders looking to retain funding for their provinces to question the veracity of the survey

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