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Drug-dealing brother of boy killed in ‘revenge’ arson attack is sent back to prison

The convicted drug-dealer brother of a seven-year-old boy killed in a suspected arson murder has been sent back to prison.

Sam Urhie, who had recently been released after being jailed in 2016 for drug dealing offences, was arrested on Friday ‘on an urgent recall to prison’.

The Metropolitan Police said the 21-year-old had not been arrested as a suspect in last Tuesday’s blaze at the family home in Deptford, south-east London, which killed brother Joel.

Drug-dealing brother of tragic Deptford fire death boy, 7, pictured in jail as cops probe if he was real target of ???arson??? attack Joel Urhie, 7, was killed in a blaze in Deptford earlier this week with cops now probing if older brother Sam was the real target of the 'arson' attack

Joel’s brother Sam, 21, pictured swearing at the camera inside a jail cell

Undated family handout photo of Joel Urhie, released at the scene, who was named by his father, John, as the seven year old boy who died in a house fire on Adolphus Street, Deptford, south-east London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 7, 2018. See PA story FIRE Deptford. Photo credit should read: Family handout/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Joel’s body was found inside the house following the blaze and his death is being treated as murder (Picture: PA)

A spokesman for the force said: ‘A 21-year-old man was arrested by police in Lewisham on Friday, 10 August on behalf of the Probation Service following an urgent recall to prison.

‘He was not arrested as a suspect in the ongoing murder investigation following the fatal fire in Deptford.’

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Two men, aged 21 and 29, were arrested in connection with the fire on Saturday morning.

They were detained on suspicion of murder, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life, and were later released under investigation pending further inquiries.

Sources have said that one line of inquiry in the fire investigation is that the attack was gang-related amid reports Sam may have been the target.

Undated family handout photo of Joel Urhie who was named by his father, John, as the seven year old boy who died in a house fire on Adolphus Street, Deptford, south-east London. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Tuesday August 7, 2018. See PA story FIRE Deptford. Photo credit should read: Family handout/PA Wire NOTE TO EDITORS: This handout photo may only be used in for editorial reporting purposes for the contemporaneous illustration of events, things or the people in the image or facts mentioned in the caption. Reuse of the picture may require further permission from the copyright holder.

Sources have said that one line of enquiry is that it was Sam who was being targeted and Joel (Picture: PA)

sister's tribute for arson victim boy - Joel Urhie

Joel’s sister survived the blaze, alongside their mother (Picture: @sarahlavellee_)

Court records show Sam was sentenced at Woolwich Crown Court, in south-east London, in February 2016.

The Crown Prosecution Service said he was handed a jail sentence of four years and four months after he pleaded guilty to possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to supply, and having criminal cash.

Police have said they are keeping an ‘open mind concerning motive’.

Joel was found dead after the fire, and a post-mortem found his cause of death was ‘consistent with fire and smoke inhalation’.

Floral tributes left on a fence near to the scene on Adolphus Street, Deptford, south-east London, where seven-year-old Joel Urhie was found dead after a blaze at his family home on Tuesday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Wednesday August 8, 2018. Detectives probing the arson murder have seized potentially crucial CCTV footage as they investigate whether the attack is linked to a gang dispute. See PA story FIRE Deptford. Photo credit should read: Henry Vaughan/PA Wire

Floral tributes placed at the scene shortly after Joel’s death (Picture: PA)

The boarded up house on Adolphus Street, Deptford, south-east London, where seven-year-old Joel Urhie was found dead after a blaze at his family home on Tuesday. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday August 9, 2018. See PA story FIRE Deptford. Photo credit should read: Henry Vaughan/PA Wire

Police said that they are keeping an open mind with regard to the cause of the fire in Deptford (Picture: PA)

Police and fire investigations officers at the scene of a house fire on Adolphus Street, Deptford, south-east London, in which a seven-year-old boy has died. The Metropolitan Police have said they are treating the fire as suspicious. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 7, 2018. See PA story FIRE Deptford. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Police and fire investigations officers at the scene of the house fire on Adolphus Street last week (Picture: PA)

Police and forensics officers at the scene of a house fire on Adolphus Street, Deptford, south-east London, in which a seven-year-old boy has died. The Metropolitan Police have said they are treating the fire as suspicious. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday August 7, 2018. See PA story FIRE Deptford. Photo credit should read: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Joel was found dead after the fire, and a post-mortem found his cause of death was ‘consistent with fire and smoke inhalation’ (Picture: PA)

His mother Sophie and 19-year-old sister Sarah escaped by jumping out of a first-floor window.

Police are urging anyone with information about the incident to call 020 8345 3715 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.



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