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Cherry tree for arson attack girl Francesca Bimpson

Francesca Bimpson
Francesca suffered severe burns and died three weeks later

A cherry blossom tree has been planted in memory of a little girl killed in an arson attack at her home in Liverpool.

Francesca Bimpson was three when she suffered fatal burns in the fire in Everton on 2 December 2008.

Her former nursery, Spencer Centre in Everton, held a ceremony for what would have been her fifth birthday on Wednesday.

Kieron Bimpson, her father, said: "A little bit of Francesca will always be there now."

Watering can

Mr Bimpson and the rest of her family attended the memorial service, which had them all "floods of tears".

"It was so special," Mr Bimpson said, "The tree is also five-years-old to reflect Francesca's birthday.

"We picked cherry blossom because her favourite colour was pink."

The children sang her favourite songs, including Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

Her younger sister, Anne-Marie, used the watering can that Francesca used to play with to pour water on the tree during the memorial service.

She died despite the attempts of her family and the fire service to save her. She was found lying on her bed in her bedroom.

Graham Heaps, 44, of Woodside Terrace, Crumlin, Newport, south Wales, was jailed for 28 years for her murder.

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