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Press Statement on reports concerning Sherif Adel - UPDATE

Metroploitan Police Press Statement on reports concerning Sherif Adel Makar Habib - UPDATE

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The Metropolitan Police have issued an updated statement concerning Sherif Adel Makar Habib.

Detectives are investigating the cause of a fatal fire in Ealing.

Police were called at approximately 00:55hrs on Monday, 25 April, to reports of a fire at an outbuilding located at the rear of a residential address in Cranleigh Gardens, Southall.

Police, the London Fire Brigade and the London Ambulance Service attended. A 21-year-old man was rescued from the fire by the London Fire Brigade. He was taken to a specialist burns hospital in Essex by the London Ambulance Service., where he was later pronounced dead. Whilst formal identification is yet to take place, we are satisfied that the deceased is Sherif Adel Makar Habib (19.07.94) a dual British and Egyptian national from Acton.

Mr Habib’s next of kin have been informed and his family are being supported by a specially trained Family Liaison Officer (FLO) from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). A post mortem examination took place at Uxbridge Mortuary on Wednesday, 27 April, and gave the initial cause of death as severe burns.

At this stage in the investigation Mr Habib’s death is being treated as unexplained and enquiries continue to establish the full circumstances.

Detective Inspector Janet Livesey, Ealing Police CID, said: “I would like to appeal to anyone with any information, or indeed anyone who witnessed the fire to come forward and speak to the police in confidence.

A 22-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. He has been bailed to a date in mid-June pending further enquiries.

Anyone with any information is asked to call police on 020 8721 7070 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

Published 27 April 2016