Two arrested on suspicion of murder, rape and arson over mum and daughter deaths

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Two men have been arrested on suspicion of murder, rape and arson, following the death of a mother and daughter.

Police investigating the death of Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and her daughter, Vian Mangrio, 14, have arrested two men in connection with the case.

Both men were arrested on suspicion of two counts of murder, two counts of rape and one count of arson with intent to endanger life on Sunday October 4 at around 7pm.

It comes after detectives were called to a property on Colne Road, Burnley, at around 8.45am on Thursday October 1.

Detectives arrived to the bodies of two women, as well as evidence of smoke and fire damage inside the address.

One of the bodies has been identified as Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi, 49, and the other body is yet to be be formally identified, but is believed to be Dr Sacharvi’s daughter, 14-year-old Vian Mangrio.

Vian was a pupil at Marsden Heights School in Nelson and the pair lived together at the Colne Road address.

A Home Office post-mortem revealed on Saturday October 3 Dr Sacharvi had died as a result of pressure to the neck.

Dr Sacharvi had also suffered an assault, the post-mortem found.

The post-mortem for 14-year-old Vian is still ongoing and Miss Mangrio's cause of death has not yet been determined.

Police have said the student's body was found badly burnt inside the Colne Road property.

The arrests follow a plea for information from Detective Supt Jon Holmes, Head of Major Crime at Lancashire Police.

He said on Sunday “a number of lines of enquiry” are being investigated, and urged “anyone with any information” to get in touch.

In a statement, Detective Holmes said: "We are on with a number of lines of enquiry and this evening we have made two arrests.

"However this is a live investigation and we continue to ask anyone with any information to get in touch with us.

"Perhaps you have been in the Colne Road area recently and have seen something suspicious.

"Maybe you have CCTV or dashcam footage which could contain something useful.

"Or perhaps you think you know who is responsible. Whatever information you have, we would urge you to get in touch, even if you think what you know is insignificant.

"Finally our thoughts remains with Dr Sacharvi and Miss Mangrio’s family and friends at this awful time and we send them our deepest condolences.

"We have a team of detectives dedicated to the investigation and we will leave no stone unturned."

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