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Police name girl, 11, who died after exposure to chemicals in Shadwell

Fatiha died on Saturday in a flat in Sutton Street (credit: Google Maps)

An 11-year-old girl who died after being exposed to pest control chemicals in a block of flats has been named by police.

Fatiha Sabin was found unresponsive at a flat in Sutton Street around 4pm on Saturday, 11 December.

The young girl was taken to an east London hospital where she was pronounced dead later the same day.

Formal identification is yet to take place but believe the deceased is Fatiha.

Her next of kin are aware and are being supported by specialist officers.

A special post-mortem examination will take place in due course.

Fatiha’s death is being treated as unexplained.

A sweep of the building was carried out by the London Fire Brigade and a quantity of chemicals – believed to be used for pest control – were discovered. 

Police say investigations are continuing by detectives from the Met’s Specialist Crime Command.

Detective Chief Superintendent Marcus Barnett, in charge of policing for Tower Hamlets and Hackney, said: “Our thoughts remain first and foremost with Fatiha and her family.

“This is a tragic incident and we are doing everything we can to support them at this time and to understand what has happened.

“All other residents in the building were evacuated as a precaution and we understand that it is very distressing for them to be away from their homes.

“We are working closely with the local authority to ensure residents’ needs are being met and to provide timely updates as to when they may be allowed back into their properties.”

A number of other people in the building received treatment after reporting feeling unwell.

One woman and a child remain in hospital, their injuries are not believed to be life changing or life threatening.

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