10 November 2015

We are offering a reward of up to £10,000 for information 10 years after Southend mum Andrea Daly was killed in an arson attack.

The 40-year-old died after a fire was started deliberately through the letter box at her home in Rochford Road, Southend.

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Andrea and her sons, then 17 and 20, were asleep in the house when the incident took place at around 3.30am on November 10th 2005. Her husband, a long-distance lorry driver, was away with work.

She became trapped in her bedroom as the fire took hold and she could not be rescued despite desperate attempts by her children.

The boys were able to jump to safety from a first-floor window at the back of the property; one suffered burns as a result of trying to rescue their mother. Andrea sadly died at the scene.

Despite a thorough investigation by Essex Police, the case remains unresolved.

We are offering the reward for information which leads to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for Andrea’s death.

Despicable crime

“This is an absolutely despicable crime that left two boys without their mum and a husband without his wife.

“It must have been incredibly difficult for them over the past ten years knowing that those responsible for Andrea’s death are still free, walking the streets.

“There are people out there who know who caused this fire and I would urge you to do the right thing and contact Crimestoppers anonymously.

“Help us to bring the culprits to justice and help get closure for Andrea’s family.”

- Antonia Litten, Eastern Regional Manager for Crimestoppers

Do you know who is responsible?

If you have any information, contact us anonymously on 0800 555 111 or through our Anonymous Online Form.