Man held over six-year-old murders

A MAN whose daughter and young grandson died in a Clacton house fire five years ago has welcomed news that a man had been arrested in connection with the their deaths.

A MAN whose daughter and young grandson died in a Clacton house fire five years ago has welcomed news that a man had been arrested in connection with the their deaths.

Les Trigg, 61, said he hoped the arrest of a 23-year-old suspect in Bristol represented the beginning of the end for his fight for justice for Jean and Anthony Trigg, who died after a fierce house blaze in 1998.

The detained man, a former resident of Clacton who has not been named by police, was last night being quizzed by Essex detectives on suspicion of carrying out the murders.

"When I was told the news by police I was shocked. I hope they have the right man and this will bring this nightmare to a close," Mr Trigg, who lives in Bolton, said last night.


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"It has been a long and difficult time for everyone."

Single mother Jean Trigg, 26, and her five-year-old son Anthony died after a blaze ripped through the house they were sleeping in at Church Crescent, Clacton.

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Five-month-old Callum Trigg only survived after being heroically resuscitated by a Colchester firefighter at the scene.

Although medics battled to save Ms Trigg's life she died in hospital a week after the blaze.

They had moved from Bolton to the seaside resort where they were staying with Ms Trigg's friend Christine Wroe.

They had hoped to build a new life in the town but had been there just two days before they died.

A murder inquiry was launched and a teenage suspect questioned shortly after the fire but no charges were ever brought.

An inquest into the two deaths heard that the blaze had most likely been started inside the house using petrol.

During the hearing, which recorded a verdict of unlawful killing, a 16-year-old boy told the court he had not started the fire.

Since the inquest Mr Trigg has continually campaigned for police to pour more resources into finding Jean and Anthony's killer.

At one point he called for a new force to take over the inquiry after Downing Street revealed Essex Police had acknowledged flaws in the way the case was handled.

Baby Callum, who has made a full recovery after his ordeal, is now five years old and being cared for by a relative.

Last night an Essex Police spokeswoman said: "A 23-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following a fatal fire at Clacton in the early hours of July 27 1998.

"The man was arrested in Bristol today and is being interviewed by Essex Police. He is a former resident of Clacton.

"The fire, in a house in Church Crescent in the town claimed the lives of Jean Trigg, aged 26, and her son Anthony Trigg, aged five."

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