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Blaze murders police make TV appeal

An unsolved triple murder inquiry into the deaths of a man and his two children after a deliberate fire at their home is to feature on the BBC's Crimewatch programme.

Thomas Sharkey, 21, died in the blaze at the family's flat in Scott Court, Helensburgh, Argyll and Bute, in the early hours of July 24.

His eight-year-old sister, Bridget, died shortly after arriving at Royal Alexandra Hospital in Paisley.

Their father, Thomas Sharkey Snr, 55, also died of his injuries at Glasgow's Royal Infirmary on July 30.

Mr Sharkey's wife, Angela, 46, was critically injured in the fire and remained in hospital for a number of weeks before learning of her family's deaths on August 4.

Extensive inquiries carried out by Strathclyde Police have so far failed to find the person responsible.

Detectives leading the investigation say they hope the Crimewatch appeal will provide further information which will assist them in tracing the person who started the blaze.

Crimewatch reconstructs the country's most high-profile unsolved cases. It appeals for the public's help in identifying criminals caught on CCTV and to locate named individuals wanted by the police.

Of cases featured on the show, around one in three is said to result in an arrest, with one in five leading to a conviction.

Previously unreleased images from inside the flat will feature on the programme, as well as a reconstruction and an emotional appeal from Mrs Sharkey.

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