The mother of a seven-year-old boy killed in an arson attack told of her fury yesterday as it emerged authorities met days earlier to discuss a risk to the family after his drug dealer brother was attacked.

 

Joel Urhie died when his family’s home in Deptford, south-east London, was set alight on August 7, 2018.

His mother Efe and sister Sarah, 19, escaped by leaping from an upstairs window but could not persuade Joel to follow.

His brother Samuel, 21, a convicted drug dealer, had been shot at weeks earlier and it has emerged that the police, Lewisham Council and the probation service met ten days before the arson to discuss the risk to the family, who believed they might be targeted.

Yesterday the victim’s mother told ITV News: ‘They knew that our life was in danger. They did fail me.’ No one has been charged over the attack.

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