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Police video appeal on fire deaths released in February

West Yorkshire Police released a video appeal in February over the fatal fire that left eight family members dead.

In the video there is a picture of Shalid Mohammed who has been wanted in relation to the arson attack since he skipped bail in 2003.

Siddiqah Aziz, who escaped the fire, told of the moment the blaze engulfed the house that left three generations of the same family dead.

Ongoing investigation into fatal Birkby fire

What Shahid Mohammed may look like now Credit: West Yorkshire Police

The arrests came after officers launched a fresh drive earlier this year to find Shahid Mohammed, who has been wanted in relation to the fire since he skipped bail in 2003.

Three generations of the same family died in the blaze on Osborne Road on May 12, 2002.

Nafeesa Aziz, 35, died with her daughters - Tayyaba Bootall, three, Rabiah Bootall, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, five, Aneesa Nawaz, two, and Najeebah Nawaz, six months.

Miss Aziz's brother, Mohammed Ateeq-ur-Rehman, 18, also died in the fire, while their mother, Zaib-un-Nisa, 54, died a week later in hospital.

In July 2003, three Huddersfield men - Shaied Iqbal, Shakiel Shazad Amir and Nazar Hussain - were convicted for their part in the crime. Hussain has since been released on parole.


Pictures from the archives: Birkby fatal fire 2002

Five children and three adults died in the house fire in Birkby, Huddersfield, in 2002 Credit: Press Association
Three generations of the same family died in the blaze on Osborne Road on May 12, 2002 Credit: Press Association
One man was convicted of murder and two of manslaughter following the attack. Credit: Press Association
Now West Yorkshire Police have confirmed eight people have been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender. Credit: Press Association
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Police appeal for information after 2002 fire arrests

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman has appealed for information after eight people were arrested in connection with an arson attack that killed eight members of the same family over a decade ago.

This remains a live and ongoing enquiry. Anyone with information concerning the incident should contact the non-emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.

– West Yorkshire Police statement

Eight arrested in Chishti arson attack investigation

Seven members of the same family were killed in the arson attack

Police investigating an arson attack which killed seven members of the same family in 2002 have arrested eight people.

Three generations of the Chishti family died in the arson attack in Birkby, near Huddersfield. Three men were jailed - but one man, Shahid Mohammed, was bailed at the time and never returned for questioning. West Yorkshire Police believe he fled to Pakistan.

Those who died in May 2002 were six-month-old Najeebah Nawaz, two-year-old Aneesa Nawaz, Tayyaba Bootall, three, Ateeqa Nawaz, five, Rabiah Bootall, 10, Muhammed Ateeq-Ur-Rehman, 18, Nafeesa Aziz, 35 and Zaib-U-Nisa, 54.

Six men and two women have now been arrested for assisting an offender. They have all been bailed.

The six men were aged 64, 35, 34, 28, 25, 16 and the two women were 55 and 32 have been arrested on suspicion of Assisting an Offender. All have been bailed.