Today marks the 10-year anniversary of an arson attack that caused the deaths of three generations of a Huddersfield family.
In the early hours of May 12th, 2002, a major fire at Osborne Road in Birkby, Huddersfield, led to the deaths of eight members of the same family.
Muhammad Ateeq-ur-Rehman aged 18, Nefessa Aziz aged 35, Tayyaba Batool aged 3, Rabia Batool aged 10, Ateeqa Nawaz aged 5, Aneesa Nawaz aged 2 and 6 month old Najeeba Nawaz all died in the fire. 54-year old Zaib-un-Nisa died in hospital a week later on Sunday May 19th.
The investigation that followed the blaze became the largest multiple murder investigation that West Yorkshire Police had handled in nearly 30 years. In July, 2003, three Huddersfield men – Shakiel Shazad, Shaied Iqbal and Nasar Hussain were convicted for their part in the crime.
The grim date is especially significant as it also means that over 9-years have passed since then 20-year old Shahid Mohammed, who was arrested in the early days of the investigation escaped justice by failing to answer bail
Whilst Shahid Mohammed was thought to have fled to Pakistan, he was also known to have strong links to people in London, Birmingham and Leicester.