Plea for lead to crack case

Holly and Ella Smith
Holly and Ella Smith
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A TOP detective investigating the suspected murder of three children and their teenage brother has taken the rare step of releasing his own mobile phone number as he appeals for more information about their deaths.

Det Supt Dermott Horrigan, from the Force Major Investigation Team, is urging people to call him directly with information about the tragic Freckleton fire which killed 19-year-old Reece Smith, four-year-old twin girls Holly and Ella Smith and Jordan Smith, aged two.

It comes as police reveal an 18-year-old Lytham man arrested on suspicion of murder has had his bail extended until May 28.

Det Supt Horrigan said: “We have a major investigation team working on a number of lines of enquiry.

“We know the fire was started by a naked flame inside the wardrobe which was in the children’s bedroom. We know the children were in bed and whoever did this would have known the children were inside that room.

“What we are seeking to establish is whether the person responsible for this fire intended to harm the children or whether this was something that went wrong.

“I have taken the unusual step of releasing a direct mobile number which, if you call, you will be able to speak to me directly.

“I have done this as I understand people may find it difficult to come forward and talk about this case. But if you do know what happened or you have some information for me but you haven’t felt able to speak to us so far, you can speak to me directly by calling me on 07852 108582.”

Post mortem tests found the four siblings died from the effects of breathing in smoke during the fire at their mother’s home on January 7.

Police have also launched a Facebook campaign to appeal for information about the fire, which broke out at the youngsters’ Lytham Road home on Saturday, January 7.

Alternatively call Blackpool Police on the non-emergency number 101.