Murder investigation launched following fire in Leicester

Police have launched a murder investigation following a fire at a flat at the junction of Mere Road and Diseworth Street in Leicester.

Officers were called to the property, in the Highfields area of the city, by Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service shortly after 7am yesterday (Sunday 21 April).

Flat Fire Mere Road Leicester

The fire was extinguished and the body of a 27-year-old woman was found inside the flat. A cordon remains in place at the property. No-one has been arrested in connection with the incident.

Detective Chief Inspector Michelle Keen, from the East Midlands Special Operations Unit (EMSOU) Major Crime team, said: “From enquiries carried out so far, we believe that the fire may have been started deliberately.

“We are, therefore, treating this as a murder investigation and a cordon remains in place at the property in Mere Road.

“I would ask anyone who saw or heard anything untoward at this location between 1pm on Saturday and 7.30am yesterday – and who has not yet spoken to police – to come forward with any information that you have.

“Were you driving through the area or visiting the location yesterday morning? Maybe you were going to worship nearby? You may have information that could greatly assist my investigation and police would like to speak to you.

“If you were driving through the area and have a dash cam installed in your vehicle or have CCTV installed at your property, please also make contact.”

Anyone who was in the area of Mere Road yesterday morning and has information relating to this incident is asked to call 101, quoting incident 131 of 21 April.

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