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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.
Salah withdraws from Egypt Squad
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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