[22 MAY 01]
CRIMES, FIRES & ACCIDENTS
Police investigating the murder of
Coventry woman Nasrin Akhtar are making a nationwide appeal to try
to find her killers.
For Fire Death
Detectives leading the inquiry will
plead with witnesses to the horrific arson attack to come forward
on BBC’s Crimewatch UK tomorrow night (Wednesday 22 May).
The programme will show a major
police and fire service reconstruction of the circumstances
leading to Mrs Akhtar’s death at her home in Queen Mary’s
Road, Foleshill, on the night of Tuesday 9 / Wednesday 10 January.
The appeal will outline how fire
swept through the end of terrace property and how fire crews
rescued Mrs Akthar, 44, and her two children Bhaktawar, 3, and
Aisha, 21 months, from the blaze – with Mrs Akthar dying shortly
Police will also make a fresh
appeal for two white men who were seen near Mrs Akthar’s home on
the night of the fire and four white men seen there the night
before, to come forward.
They will also ask the author of an
anonymous letter sent to Chace Avenue police station a fortnight
after the murder to contact police.
Det Insp Iain O’Brien, the
officer leading the investigation, hopes the appeal will jog the
memory of a witness with a vital clue.
Speaking at a press conference
today he said:
“This was a nightmare
experience for Nasrin and we have to catch the people who did
“She was an extremely brave
woman and when I first saw the reconstruction it took my breath
“It is several months since
this tragic incident occurred but there are still people we
desperately need to trace who we are sure have vital evidence to
assist the inquiry.
“We need to speak to the four
men who were seen near the house the night before the murder,
even if it is just to eliminate them from our enquiries.
“I am hoping that this appeal
will generate some significant new information.
“Any of these people that we
urgently seek can contact officers and speak to us in confidence
at the incident room on 024 7653 9160.”
Footage from the programme will
also be broadcast in Punjabi and Urdu in an attempt to find fresh
leads amongst the multi-cultural community. A special hotline has
been set up for Punjabi and Urdu speakers who have any information
on 024 7653 9040.
Crimestoppers are offering a £5,000
reward for information leading to a conviction.
[25 JAN 01] HUSBAND
SOBS AS HE APPEALS FOR MURDER CLUES