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Barnet Flat Fire: Man Had Been Murdered Before Blaze

Monday 19th May 2014

Police say a man found dead after a flat fire in North London had been stabbed to death first.

Antonio James Tammaso

Tests show Antonio Tammaso had been dead for two to three days before his flat in New Barnet was set alight.

Police were called to the fire at Flat 30, Sheridan Lodge, Potters Road at around 7.30pm last Thursday. Firefighters extinguished the fire and discovered his body. The 49 year old was confirmed dead at the scene.

Antonio James Tammaso petrol can

A murder investigation has now begun and detectives have released several images in the hope they will help in their appeal for information.

The Homicide and Major Crime Command has opened an incident room opened at Barking under Detective Chief Inspector Glen Lloyd.

DCI Lloyd said: "We are appealing for the public's help in this investigation.

"We believe following Mr Tommaso's murder, the suspect or suspects came back to the flat two to three days later and set fire to the property.

"We would like to hear from everyone who knew Mr Tammaso to build an understanding of who he was. Who did he socialise with? Who would he be seen with?

"Mr Tammaso would have been known locally, frequenting the New Barnet area, especially around Potters Road often riding his bike."

Antonio James Tammaso - bike

"We would also be keen to hear from anyone who may have seen or heard anything suspicious at Sheridan Lodge in the days before the fire," DCI Lloyd continued.

"Especially anyone who would have seen someone carrying a red petrol can, like the one the pictures we have released today. Maybe someone saw its owner filling it up at a local petrol station? Or walking to, or from, one? If you did, please call us."

Any witnesses or anyone with any information are asked to call the incident room on 020 8345 3985 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.