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Police double arson attack reward

Detectives investigating an arson attack which killed a 52-year-old man have doubled a reward on offer in connection with the offence.

West Mercia Police marked the three-month anniversary of the death of Andrew Heath by increasing a reward for information that results in the conviction of his killer or killers to £20,000.

Mr Heath, who lived alone, died after being trapped in his flat in Warndon, Worcester, by a blaze which broke out in the early hours of Wednesday December 14.

Posters advertising the increased reward are being put up in the area around Mr Heath's home in Chedworth Close and are being sent to every home on the Warndon estate.

Inspector Neil Austin, the deputy senior investigating officer, said: "Despite our investigation entering its fourth month, it is as active as ever. This is a complex case and we still have a team of more than 40 officers working on it. We continue to pursue numerous lines of inquiry, but we are still looking for that nugget of information that will provide us with a breakthrough.

"We need the small number of people who really know what happened the night Andrew Heath died to come forward and speak to us. I hope this large reward will be the incentive that will make the difference."

The officer added: "Increasing it to £20,000 reflects our determination to solve this crime, bring those responsible to justice and provide some kind of resolution for Andrew's family.

"They continue to grieve - elderly parents are in anguish because they do not know why their son died and I appeal to those who can answer their questions to contact us and tell us what they know. There may also be people who have small pieces of information that could be vital to our investigation."

Detectives are particularly keen to speak to anyone who knows someone whose behaviour has changed in recent weeks, or who started acting strangely or doing things that were out of character shortly before Christmas.

"I think that the public still hold the key," Mr Austin said. "Somebody has that vital piece of information that can unlock this case and lead us to Andrew's killer."

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