A MAN has been charged with murder following the death of a young mother.

Detectives investigating the of Leanne Collopy have charged Saleem Said, 39, of Woodcroft Street, Rawtenstall, with murder.

He has also been charged with the attempted murder of a two year old girl and arson with intent to endanger life.

Police were called at about 10.45pm on Sunday, July 30, following reports of a fire at a property in Burnley Road.

Emergency services attended the address and a 39-year-old man, a 25-year-old woman and a two year old girl were all rescued from the building.

All three were taken to hospital suffering a number of serious injuries.

Leanne Collopy died on August 3.

A post mortem examination showed she had died as a result of burns and multiple stab wounds.

The toddler was released from hospital last week and is recovering, although she will need further treatment.

Said is due to appear at Preston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday, September 27.