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Mother of seven-year-old schoolboy killed in arson blaze says officials KNEW they were at risk

Joel Urhie

Mother of seven-year-old schoolboy killed in arson blaze says officials KNEW they were at risk of attack

  • Joel Urhie died when his family’s home in Deptford was set alight last year
  • His mother Efe and sister Sarah escaped by leaping from an upstairs window
  • His brother Samuel, a convicted drug dealer, had been shot weeks earlier 

Rebecca Camber for the Daily Mail

The mother of a seven-year-old boy killed in an arson attack told of her fury yesterday as it emerged authorities met days earlier to discuss a risk to the family after his drug dealer brother was attacked.

Joel Urhie died when his family’s home in Deptford, south-east London, was set alight on August 7 2018. 

His mother Efe and sister Sarah, 19, escaped by leaping from an upstairs window but could not persuade Joel to follow. 

Joel Urhie

Joel Urhie and his mother

Joel Urhie and his mother

Joel Urhie (left) died after his home in Deptford, south London, was set on fire. His mother (pictured with Joel right) managed to escape the fire 

His brother Samuel, 21, a convicted drug dealer, had been shot at weeks earlier and it has emerged that the police, Lewisham Council and the probation service met ten days before the arson to discuss the risk to the family, who believed they might be targeted.

Yesterday the victim’s mother told ITV News: ‘They knew that our life was in danger. They did fail me.’ No one has been charged over the attack.

 

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