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Two men charged over Sharkey fire deaths in Helensburgh

Thomas Sharkey Snr, Bridget and Thomas Jnr
Image caption Thomas Sharkey Snr, Bridget and Thomas Jnr died following the fire

Two men have been charged in connection with the deaths of three members of the Sharkey family in Helensburgh.

Eight-year-old Bridget Sharkey and her brother Thomas, who was 21, died after their home was set alight in July 2011.

Their father, Thomas Snr, died of his injuries six days later.

Strathclyde Police said two men, aged 36 and 49, were arrested following an operation in Helensburgh. They are due to appear at Dumbarton Sheriff Court on Thursday.

The men remain in police custody and a report will be sent to the procurator fiscal.

The children's mother, Angela Sharkey, was injured in the fire at the family's flat in Helensburgh's Scott Court.

A police spokesman said: "Officers from Strathclyde Police's major investigation team have today, Wednesday June 6 2012, arrested two men, aged 36 and 49, in connection with the deaths of Thomas Sharkey Snr, Thomas Sharkey Jnr, Bridget Sharkey and the alleged attempted murder of Angela Sharkey.

"The men have also been arrested in connection with further allegations of conspiracy to commit murder and numerous acts of alleged wilful fire-raising and alleged violence in the Helensburgh area between 2008 and 2011."

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