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Multiple murder 'fugitive' arrested after global manhunt

A man wanted for the murders of eight people in Huddersfield has been arrested abroad.

Shahid Mohammed has been arrested in connection with a fatal house fire that killed eight members of the same family, in Birkby, Huddersfield Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Five children and three adults, all members of the Chisti family, died in the house fire in Birkby in 2002. Plans are underway to bring 32-year-old Shahid Mohammed back to the UK.

Police believed he had been in Pakistan.

He was initially arrested in 2002 in connection with the fire but failed to answer bail and police have been been searching for him since.

West Yorkshire Police described the investigation as the biggest multiple murder inquiry in the county for 30 years.

Watch: Family's emotional appeal for information over fire suspect

[This] has clearly been a major and long running enquiry and I thank residents who have come forward with information over the years for their support. We remain utterly focussed on working with the UK Foreign Office and authorities in the nation in which the 32-year-old is currently being held to bring him back to the UK to be put before a court.

– Detective Superintendent Lisa Griffin, WYP

The fire killed Nafeesa Aziz, 35, and 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, and 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.

Click here for more on the Birkby house fire


Police appeal to find missing Huddersfield student

Police are appealing for help to find a missing student from Huddersfield.

Missing Huddersfield student Gloria Maina Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Gloria Maina,19, of Tunnacliffe Road in Newsome was last seen leaving Huddersfield University campus at around 11.30am yesterday, Friday February 6, 2015 and walking in the direction of Queensgate. She was wearing a black jacket, scarf, dark trousers, brown knee high boots and carrying a black rucksack. She is described as around 5ft tall, black and of slim build.

"This is completely out of character for Gloria and I would appeal to her directly or to anyone who sees her to call police urgently on 101."

– Det Insp Stef Wiseman, Kirklees CID

Book lovers urged to support National Libraries Day

Book lovers are being encourged to visit their local libary and celebrate National Libraries Day.

Author Joanne Harris Credit: Ian West/PA Archive/Press Association Images

In Huddersfield , Barnsley born novelist Joanne Harris is giving a reading to support the day and the importance of keeping libraries open as many are under threat of closure.

There are over 700 events taking place at libraries across the country to mark the event.

To find out what is happening where you live visit the National Libraries Day website

Fire chief cleared of rape

Cleared of rape: Sean Frayne Credit: PA

A chief fire officer from Huddersfield has been found not guilty of the rape of a woman at a pub in 2006.

A jury took just over 10 minutes to clear 48-year-old Sean Frayne who denied raping the woman, claiming to have had a consensual sexual encounter with her after she kissed him passionately.

His lawyer criticised the decision to prosecute Frayne instead of launching a blackmail inquiry after it emerged that a friend of the alleged victim wrote to him suggesting she may "avoid publicity" for a substantial out-of-court payment.

Jurors at Derby Crown Court had been told the alleged rape took place while Frayne's wife was in another room. He wiped away tears and left the court with his wife after the jury returned its unanimous verdict.

Frayne, formerly of Etwall in Derbyshire but now living in Fixby, Huddersfield, was arrested by police after a formal complaint was made in December 2013.

A five-day trial heard that Frayne, the £140,000-a-year head of Derbyshire Fire and Rescue Service, went to talk to the alleged victim before his arrest after receiving an anonymous letter branding him a rapist.

The court heard that the letter went on to suggest the out-of-court payment. But the Crown said the woman, who cannot be named, knew nothing of her friend's attempts to "achieve some form of informal justice" on her behalf by sending the letter.

In her closing submission, defence barrister Laura Pitman said: "They (the police) have investigated one side of the story and they have not investigated the other. If this is nothing to do with money why is there even mention of an out-of-court payment?"


Bishop blesses Huddersfield life saving defibrillator

The Bishop of Huddersfield has blessed a life saving defibrillator, attached to the outside of a community centre in Huddersfield.

Bishop of Huddersfield blesses life saving defibrillator

Stars of the panto in Birchencliffe, who raised the £2000 needed to buy the equipment, joined him for a special service and parade, in which they prayed the difibralator would never have to be used.

It is the first in Kirklees that has 24 hour public access. A code will be given to open the case by a 999 operator.

Harold Wilson's car a snip at £25,000

A car belonging to the Huddersfield-born Prime Minister Harold Wilson has gone on the market for £25,000. He ran the Labour Government for two terms in the 1960s and 70s - and his preferred mode of transport was the Austin Princess Vanden Plas. Fitted with a high speed gear box and with only eight thousand miles on the clock - experts reckon it is something of a bargain. Matt Price reports

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