Harlow Home Hearth Stays Unsolved – Pleas for Closure in 2012 Case
Harlow, Essex 15th October 2012.
Dr Abdul Shakoor was a Pakistani immigrant dwelling within the small English city of Harlow when on the 15th October 2012 he misplaced his spouse and 5 youngsters in a home fireplace dominated by Essex Police as an arson assault.
To this point the crime stays unsolved.
The blaze ripped by the home within the early hours of the morning whereas the Shakoor household slept and robbed a hard-working and profitable man of his complete household.
The victims have been Dr. Shakoor’s spouse and 5 youngsters:
· Muneeb (aged 9)
· Rayyan (aged six)
· Hira (aged twelve)
· Sohain (aged eleven)
· Maheen (aged three)
· And the physician’s spouse Sabah Usmani
Dr Shakoor managed to outlive however had fought arduous attempting to avoid wasting his household and escaped the fireplace with burn-related accidents that have been handled within the close by Chelmsford Hospital (a neighbouring metropolis).
The household had initially moved to the UK in 2009 and to Harlow the 12 months earlier than the fireplace in 2011.
The hearth began within the lounge of the three bed room finish terraced home. The proof suggests a malicious ignition in keeping with Essex police and detectives had tied the fireplace to a housebreaking on the home on the identical day of the fireplace (Dr. Shakoor’s laptop computer was stolen).
The hearth befell at round 1.30am and in addition to damaging the whole home; a Silver Ford Focus parked close by was additionally set alight across the similar time.
The occasion made nationwide information that very same day and Essex Police haven’t stopped looking for solutions.
It has all the time been speculated by the Police that the reason for the fireplace was a theft which had both gone array or escalated into arson. Nonetheless that might be letting any attainable perpetrators off straightforward and let’s make it clear now that this can be a homicide which has precipitated the demise of six harmless victims, 5 of which have been youngsters. Whether or not supposed or not, the cold-blooded homicide exists, having taken place contained in the consolation of somebody’s own residence.
Now, I don’t want to draw any speculations on Dr. Shakoor who has suffered higher than any dwelling soul can think about and I strongly consider to take action could be unfair and disrespectful.
Dr Shakoor was fortunate to flee the fireplace after managing to leap from the upstairs window and was believed to have needed to be restrained from re-entering the home as his household burned inside. Dr. Shakoor was handled for burns on the burn ward of Broomfield Hospital.
Dr. Shakoor and his household was a brand new resident to the road of Barn Mead and there was rampant hypothesis across the earlier proprietor. The discuss of the city for the reason that fireplace was that it was an supposed assassination try on the previous tenant. The previous tenant was allegedly a “dodgy bloke” (and once more that is purely gossip and rumour) concerned in drug money owed with many native sellers. There was rampant hypothesis that he was the supposed goal on the evening in query.
Because the Day by day Mail stories a neighbour (Chris Day) was quoted as saying in regards to the FORMER TENANT (in true tabloid style):
‘This man appeared like a correct dodgy bloke and he had a bull mastiff that he used to stroll across the neighbourhood.
‘He appeared like a gangster sort – the type of particular person you wouldn’t wish to cross. I feel he was a cage fighter – he actually was that construct.
‘I’ve been informed he dealt medication which might make sense as I used to see dodgy individuals go out and in of the home on a regular basis when this man lived there a few 12 months or two in the past.
‘After I noticed the fireplace I assumed this will need to have been a revenge assault that went improper.
‘Perhaps this man owed somebody cash and so they got here to the home not realizing he’d moved.’
Conclusions could possibly be drawn from the laptop computer theft and close by burning of the Ford Focus. Nonetheless; this line of investigation from Essex Police has not introduced a lot fruit to date.
To this point there have been greater than 70 Police Officers and Employees engaged on the investigation with almost 500 witness statements and 1800 reveals collected and saved and but no conclusive charging of any suspects. The hearth stays recent in most of the residents of Barn Mead, Harlow and the concern comparable assault may come to them in the dark looms heavy in town.
Strains of Enquiry:
· A white male aged of their late teenagers/early 20s was seen on a bicycle within the space when the home and automotive was set ablaze. They could possibly be a key witness.
· The household laptop computer, a black Toshiba Satellite tv for pc was taken from the home through the housebreaking. This so far has not been situated however the present proprietor may result in whoever had taken the laptop computer.
· The laptop computer was fitted with a two pin lead as a result of it was bought in Saudi Arabia.
· The bag and result in the laptop computer have been later recovered close to the scene in a neighbouring space.
· Questions come up as to why the Silver Ford Focus was set alight across the similar time of the home fireplace.
· Any individual known as the native Harlow police station from a cellphone field and left a message in regards to the fireplace. The particular person was nameless.
· A chunk of paper in regards to the homicide investigation was later present in an area drugstore (Boots) in Harlow. The proprietor of the paper was by no means discovered.
· There have been 4 youths seen inside the space on the time of the murders. They have been all sporting tracksuits and baseball caps and aged of their teenagers.
The police have dominated out and maintained the ruling out of a racially motivated assault and though the victims have been of Pakistani origin there may be nothing to take a position on this being the explanation behind the fireplace.
The police have additionally acknowledged that there’s nothing to counsel a serial arsonist, as the realm and small city of Harlow didn’t have any prior or observe up home fires just like this one to counsel a string of comparable assaults.
So, we are able to decide that this was a singularly remoted incident.
What I can say about this incident is that we’re almost 10 years on and we should not have a lot info to go on. Nonetheless; Harlow is a small city with lots of whispers. Loyalties can change and do you actually wish to be the person who is maintaining quiet for anyone that’s prepared to set fireplace to a home in the dark with six residents inside?
Dr. Shakoor got here to this nation for an opportunity of success, happiness and stability. He was a quiet and respectable member of the neighborhood that served others in his occupation, and he now has to reside a life crammed with demons and grief. The least that this man deserves is closure. As a result of if one thing this horrific which might wipe out his complete household, can happen in a small, quiet, humble a part of the world, inside the security of their very own dwelling and within the useless of the evening – then it may occur to you.
If there may be any info that may be shared (even whether it is hypothesis) then I urge you to take action (full particulars are under).
“Each day I take into consideration my spouse and kids, the ache has by no means gone away.
“It’s unimaginable to place in to phrases the ache and grief I’ve endured on the lack of my complete household.
“I’ll by no means perceive why anyone did this and I reside in hope that sometime somebody could come ahead with info.” – Dr Shakoor.
Anybody with info is urged to contact the Operation Shakespeare investigation crew on 01277 266869 or 0800 056 0944 or on scdappealsessex.pnn.police.uk or through Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.