A 51-year-old man has been charged with murder after the bodies of a mum and her teenage daughter were found in a house which was then set on fire.

Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi and her daughter Vian Magrio, 14, were discovered at the torched house in Burnley, Lancashire, last week.

Shabaz Khan will appear at Blackburn Magistrates' Court today accused of killing the pair, Lancashire Police said.

Dr Sacharvi, originally from Pakistan, was found to have been assaulted and died from pressure to her neck, police said.

On Thursday, Lancashire Police said Khan had been charged with two counts of murder as well as arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered.

Burnley murder
Their bodies were found in a burnt house in Burnley, Lancashire last week

A 44-year-old woman arrested on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and aiding and abetting murder remains in custody, police said.

Detective Superintendent Jon Holmes said: "Our thoughts remain with Saman and Vian's family and we have officers supporting them at this awful time.

"We are continuing to ask anybody with information about this incident to get in touch with us.

Dr Saman Mir Sacharvi
Dr Sacharvi was found to have died from pressure to her neck

"If you were in the area and saw something suspicious, have dashcam or CCTV from the area or have any other information, we would ask you to contact us straight away."

The second victim has yet to be formally identified but is believed to be the 14-year-old daughter Vian Magrio.

A post-mortem investigation remains ongoing for her, so a cause of death has not been established, but police said she was found badly burnt at the address.

Vian Mangrio
Vian is yet to be formally identified in a post-mortem

Her mother, understood to be originally from Pakistan, was a junior doctor with Lancashire and South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust's specialist perinatal community mental health team since February.

Anyone with information should contact police through the dedicated Major Incident Portal at https://mipp.police.uk/operation/0401020119P01-PO1 or on 101, quoting log 0429 of October 3rd.

Alternatively independent charity Crimestoppers can be reached anonymously on 0800 555 111 or at crimestoppers-uk.org.