Reward increased in hunt for fire killers


Detectives continue hunt for arson killers of grandmother and granddaughter

A REWARD for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for killing a woman and her granddaughter in a fire has been increased to £50,000.

The fire, on Little Holme Walk in Bolton on 23 June 2008, claimed the lives of Hameeda Begum, 71, and her granddaughter Alana Mian, who was four, as well as leaving a firefighter seriously injured.

The occupants were rescued from the house by firefighters, but Hameeda later died in hospital. Alana died a number of weeks later on 1 August 2008.

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

A £50,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for the murders of Hameeda and Alana is now being offered.

Detective Chief Inspector Jeff McMahon, of the Major Incident Team, said: “It is now more than two years since this terrible arson attack, which claimed of the lives of two totally innocent people and left a firefighter seriously injured.

“We remain determined to find those responsible for the double murder of both Hameeda and Alana, and the investigation will remain open until we have identified their killers and given the family some sense of justice.

“£50,000 is a life-changing amount of money so I would ask people to search their conscience and if they do have information that could help us convict these killers, please do the right thing and come forward and help us get justice for Hameeda and Alana.

“I know the prospect of talking to police and potentially giving evidence can be frightening, but you can speak to us in total confidence and we will protect your anonymity.

“Hameeda and Alana’s family deserve the truth and to know who was responsible for these awful murders.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the Major Incident Team on 0161 856 2197 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.


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