Murder investigation launched as Tommy Sheldon, aged 5, dies after fireball horror in Hursley

Tommy Sheldon

Tommy Sheldon

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A MURDER investigation has been launched into the death of a five-year-old boy in a car fire.

Tommy Sheldon, from Southampton, died in hospital yesterday after a two week battle with life threatening injuries suffered in the blaze in Hursley, near Winchester.

His mother and sister, also injured in the fire in Merdon Castle Lane, continue to receive hospital treatment.

Detective Inspector Simon Baker, from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team, said: “Despite Tommy’s battle to survive his injuries, sadly he has lost his fight for life.

“This tragic news means that our investigation now becomes a murder enquiry.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of those who have been affected by this distressing incident and specially trained officers are continuing to support them at this difficult time.

“The nature of the injuries suffered by all those involved and the need to ensure their health and recovery takes priority, means that this will be a lengthy investigation spanning many weeks.

“We would ask people to respect the family’s privacy at this very difficult time.”

A post mortem will be held in due course to establish the exact cause of death.

No arrests have been made and the cause of the fire, which occurred on Monday, August 11, is still being investigated.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Hampshire Major Investigation Team, quoting Operation Ursa, by calling 101.

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2:23pm Tue 26 Aug 14

knittingnanna says...

God Bless little one,another Angel xx
God Bless little one,another Angel xx knittingnanna
  • Score: 41

2:24pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Outside of the Box says...

My thoughts go out to the family and friends of Tommy
RIP Little Man
xx
My thoughts go out to the family and friends of Tommy RIP Little Man xx Outside of the Box
  • Score: 36

2:36pm Tue 26 Aug 14

CarlyKin says...

RIP Little Tommy I will always remember you arriving to school in your flat cap with a smile on your face. Heaven has gained a special little Angel. My thoughts and prayers are with the family xxxxxxx
RIP Little Tommy I will always remember you arriving to school in your flat cap with a smile on your face. Heaven has gained a special little Angel. My thoughts and prayers are with the family xxxxxxx CarlyKin
  • Score: 45

2:36pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Mr E says...

Do we really need comments on a ongoing murder investigation ?
Do we really need comments on a ongoing murder investigation ? Mr E
  • Score: -24

2:44pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Shoong says...

Mr E wrote:
Do we really need comments on a ongoing murder investigation ?
... and a tabloid headline.
[quote][p][bold]Mr E[/bold] wrote: Do we really need comments on a ongoing murder investigation ?[/p][/quote]... and a tabloid headline. Shoong
  • Score: -25

3:32pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Kirsty666 says...

Sleep easy little one there's a new bright star in the sky tonight. My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends xxx
Sleep easy little one there's a new bright star in the sky tonight. My thoughts and prayers to the family and friends xxx Kirsty666
  • Score: 26

3:56pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Saint Madcap says...

This is a crying shame. I have, like many other people Grandchildren. All i can say with a big lump in my throat is Rest In Peace Little Man.
This is a crying shame. I have, like many other people Grandchildren. All i can say with a big lump in my throat is Rest In Peace Little Man. Saint Madcap
  • Score: 19

4:44pm Tue 26 Aug 14

wendy1976 says...

Night Night Tommy, sleep tight Angel rest in peace now xx
Night Night Tommy, sleep tight Angel rest in peace now xx wendy1976
  • Score: 14

4:51pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Lockssmart says...

Thoughts to the family. ****
Thoughts to the family. **** Lockssmart
  • Score: 12

5:12pm Tue 26 Aug 14

saintsfan76 says...

A tragic story. From what I have heard of how badly Tommy was burnt it may be a blessing that he has to suffer no more. A lot more to unfold from this case over the coming weeks and months. Thoughts are with his dad and the rest of his family and his friends; the parents of which are trying to explain to their children why they will not be seeing him anymore.
A tragic story. From what I have heard of how badly Tommy was burnt it may be a blessing that he has to suffer no more. A lot more to unfold from this case over the coming weeks and months. Thoughts are with his dad and the rest of his family and his friends; the parents of which are trying to explain to their children why they will not be seeing him anymore. saintsfan76
  • Score: 6

5:33pm Tue 26 Aug 14

Kerry26 says...

R.i.p little dude x
R.i.p little dude x Kerry26
  • Score: 7

9:38pm Tue 26 Aug 14

RadioEng says...

RIP lil dude. So sad, thoughts to his family. Have a 3 year old son myself and can't imagine how you must feel.
RIP lil dude. So sad, thoughts to his family. Have a 3 year old son myself and can't imagine how you must feel. RadioEng
  • Score: 4
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