Joel Urhie: Three arrested as cops renew appeal to find who killed seven-year-old boy in Deptford arson attack

Josh Salisbury (28 August, 2020)

Joel, aged just seven, died in an arson attack on the family home in August 2018

31366Little Joel Urhie was killed in an arson attack at his family home in Deptford - and one year one, police are renewing an appeal to find his killer(s)

Three men have been arrested in connection with the murder of 7-year-old boy in a Deptford arson attack.

Seven-year-old Joel Urhie’s body was found by firefighters in an upstairs bedroom he shared with his mother at their house in Adolphus Street in August 2018.

Cops believe the fire started when a burning item was pushed through the letter box. Joel’s mum Efe and sister Sarah only managed to survive the devastating blaze by jumping from the first floor windows.

This month, three men were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to murder in connection with Joel’s death.

The trio, aged 21, 22 and 24, have since been released under investigation pending further enquiries.

Two years on from the little boy’s tragic death, police are still appealing for help to catch those responsible for the fatal fire.

“Despite the passing of two years, this remains a very open and active investigation,” said DCI Mark Wrigley, who is leading the investigation.

“I remain very keen to hear from anyone who may have information that could assist my team.

“The loss of such a young and innocent life is always tragic, but the pain of losing a child under these circumstances is immeasurable.

“There are people out there who know exactly what went on and who is responsible for Joel’s death. I need them to do the right thing and get in touch.

“I am appealing directly to anyone with information who didn’t feel able to come forward at the time of the incident to do so now. If you want to remain anonymous that’s fine, but please do come forward.”

In the year after Joel’s death, mum Efe paid moving tribute to him as “the sweetest most caring little boy you could ever meet.”

His cousin, Tega Majoroh, said: “Joel was like the sunshine after rain. There are so many memories that I will always treasure – and there will always be a hole in our hearts.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the dedicated incident room on 020 8345 3715.

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