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Fatal Fire: Police Urge Neighbours to Come Forward with More Information

Published on: 17 Oct, 2013
Updated on: 17 Oct, 2013
Fred Kucharski

Fred Kucharski investigation continues into his death.

Surrey Police officers are urging residents to come forward with new information as the investigation into a fatal house fire in Slyfield Green earlier this year continues.

Police launched a murder enquiry following the death of 92-year-old Slyfield Green resident Frederyk Kucharski, known locally as Fred, on Thursday, July 11.

Mr Kucharski was taken to hospital following a fire at a residential property, reported shortly before 12.30am on Saturday, July 6. A forensic post-mortem later established that he had died as a result of injuries sustained during the fire.

Officers from the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team are continuing to carry out extensive enquiries into the circumstances surrounding the fire and neighbourhood officers are revisiting the area today (Thursday, October 17) to speak with residents and business owners about the incident.

A police statement said: “Neighbourhood officers will have a high visibility presence in the area throughout the day and will be distributing leaflets appealing for anyone with information about the fire or Mr Kucharski’s movements in the days leading up to the incident to come forward.”

Detective Inspector Dave Cooper, who is leading the investigation, said: “We have spoken to a number of residents in and around the Slyfield Green area about this serious incident and I am really grateful for all the information we’ve already received.

“However, we feel there may still be people in the area who have yet to speak to us or who may have remembered some additional information which could prove vital to this on-going investigation.

“I would like to hear from anyone who may have seen Mr Kucharski in the days leading up to the fire or who may have seen or heard anything out of the ordinary in the early hours of Saturday, 6 July.”

“We have already made a number of arrests in connection with this matter but we still need members of the Slyfield Green community to speak to us and pass on any information which could assist us with bringing those responsible for this tragic death to justice.”

A 37-year-old woman and a 25-year-old man, who were initially arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life and were later rearrested on suspicion of murder following the fatal house fire in Slyfield Green have been re-bailed until November 27 while the investigation continues.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Surrey Police as soon as possible on 101 quoting Operation Quillback. Alternatively the independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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  1. John Theobald Reply

    October 18, 2013 at 8:00 pm

    I am saddened and shocked to read the tragic news of Fred Kucharski’s untimely death.

    Although I did not know Fred particularly well, we worked together, although in different parts of the organisation, during the 1970’s and 1980’s at Plastic Coatings Limited, Woodbridge Meadows, Guildford.

    Fred was a quiet and shy person, always polite and impeccable in his behaviour towards everybody in the company.

    I remember that he had a ready smile and a willing manner whenever we met each other. How anybody could possibly wish to hurt such a gentleman, if that is what has happened, is completely beyond my comprehension. May Fred rest in peace.

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