7 August 2023 06:00 Renewed appeal for information on fifth anniversary of Joel Uhrie murder Detectives believe the fire was started when a burning item was pushed through the letterbox.

Police are renewing appeals for information on the fifth anniversary of a fatal fire which killed a seven-year-old boy.

On 7 August 2018, emergency services were called to a fire at a house on Adolphus Street, SE8 where the Uhrie family lived.

Joel Uhrie’s body was sadly found by emergency services in an upstairs bedroom.

His mother and sister, who were also upstairs at the property, managed to escape by jumping from first floor windows.

A post-mortem examination found Joel’s injuries to have been consistent with fire and smoke inhalation.

Detectives believe the fire was started when a burning item was pushed through the letterbox.

Joel’s mother, Iroroefe O Edu, said: “We have now spent five long years without Joel and time does not make it any easier.

“Nothing will ever bring him back but we are desperate to find out who carried out this deadly crime.

“If you have any information or know anything, or anyone, who may be responsible for causing the fire, please come forward and speak to police.”

Detective Chief Inspector Mark Rogers, from Specialist Crime North, said: “This is a significant anniversary for Joel’s family and our thoughts remain with them.

“Joel’s young life was tragically cut short and his family will never see the man he would have become.

“We need answers for them and someone must know why this happened or have information that can help progress this investigation.

“Our investigation will not stop, and I would urge anyone who has information, regardless of how small or insignificant you might think it to be, to contact us.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the dedicated incident room on 020 8345 3715, 101 or Tweet @MetCC.

To remain 100% anonymous call the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 or visit crimestoppers_uk.org where you will not be asked for your name and your IP address will not be recorded.