Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Boyfriend held over deaths blaze

Head of operations Dewi Rose, left, and Chief Inspector Steve Corcoran near the Cwmbran property where three people died
Floral tributes near to the property where Kim Buckley, 46, her daughter Kayleigh Buckley, 17, and her six-month-old grand-daughter Kimberley Buckley died after a suspected arson attack

The boyfriend of a teenage mother who died in a blaze which claimed the lives of three generations of one family is being held by police.

Kim Buckley, 46, daughter Kayleigh, 17, and six-month-old Kimberley all died when fire ripped through their home.

Up to 30 firefighters attended the fierce blaze at 15 Tillsland, Coed Eva, Cwmbran, south Wales.

Kayleigh had recently given birth to twin daughters and was still coming to terms with the tragedy of losing one shortly after birth.

Carl Mills, 27, the father of the twins, was named locally as the boyfriend arrested by police on suspicion of murder.

He is known to have had a stormy relationship with grandmother Kim Buckley who was against her daughter's seeing him from the outset.

One neighbour claimed he threatened to kill her during a heated argument several weeks before the fire.

Mrs Buckley had told neighbours that she "hated" him.

Police said they had arrested a 27-year-old man, from the Manchester area, on suspicion of murder.

Officers had also been called to the family's three bedroom home on a number occasions in the past.

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