AN independent investigation into Greater Manchester Police's contact with a family prior to a fatal Walkden house fire has been completed.

Four children, Demi, Brandon, Lacie and Lia Pearson, all died as a result of the blaze at the family home in Jackson Street on December 11, 2017.

Their mother, Michelle Pearson, is still recovering from the injuries she suffered that night.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct began an investigation on May 25 last year, which included reports to the force about property being damaged at Ms Pearson's home and further threats to damage the house. The investigation was paused until the conclusion of the criminal trial relating to the incident.

A report has now been shared with GMP and the coroner. Once the inquest proceedings are concluded, the IOPC will consider publishing their findings.

IOPC Regional Director Amanda Rowe said: "Michelle and her family have endured unimaginable suffering – and have shown such strength throughout – and our thoughts remain with them.

“I know the impact of this tragedy has been felt by many, not least those from across the emergency services who were at the scene that night.

“Our investigation is complete, and we have shared our final report with Greater Manchester Police and the coroner for their consideration, as is the proper process. We visited Michelle during our investigation, and provided updates about our work to her family. We will discuss our report with them soon.

“The next step is to await the conclusion of the inquest proceedings before we can consider the publication of our findings.”