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Fire death investigation continues

November 19, 2012, 10:45 am

Detectives continuing to investigate the death of a pensioner in Blackburn are renewing their appeal for information.

Police were called by the fire service shortly before 4:00am on Saturday, November 10th to reports of a fire at the bungalow on Pleckgate Road in the town.

Inside the property was the body of a man who has since been identified as Christopher Proctor, 88, who lived alone at the address. Although an exact cause of death has yet to be established, Mr Proctor was dead before the fire started and his death is being treated as suspicious.

Officers have today released a CCTV image of Mr Proctor using a cash machine at Tesco on Whalley New Road at around 3:00pm on Friday 9th November. This is possibly one of the last sightings of him alive.

Mr Proctors bank book and wallet have been recovered from separate drains in the area and officers have found CCTV that shows somebody attempting to withdraw cash from his bank.

“The post mortem examination has revealed that it was not the flames or smoke that killed Mr Proctor, he was already dead prior to the fire starting.” -┬áDetective Superintendent Paul WithersSenior Investigating Officer

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Paul Withers from the Force Major Investigation Team said, “The post mortem examination has revealed that it was not the flames or smoke that killed Mr Proctor, he was already dead prior to the fire starting.

“I believe that the answers to Mr Proctors dearth lie within the local community and I would urge people to come forward with information. I am keen to speak to anyone who saw Mr Proctor or any suspicious activity in or around his home address on Pleckgate Road to get in touch.

“This is an incredibly difficult time for the family and I have specially trained officers supporting them. Understandably, they need answers and I hope that those people who have those answers do the right thing and come forward and speak to the police.

Anyone with information is asked to call the major incident room at Blackburn on 101.

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