A 24-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man arrested on suspicion of manslaughter by gross negligence following a house fire in Stafford have been bailed while enquiries continue.

The arrests followed a house fire in Sycamore Lane, Highfields, Stafford, on 5 February in which four children tragically lost their lives.

The man and woman arrested are living at an address out of the area.

Staffordshire Police understands this incident has had a huge impact on the community in Highfields and beyond and appreciates there will continue to be demand for information.

Police are urging people not to speculate as to what may have happened. And are grateful for the community’s ongoing support and patience as the investigation continues.