8 held over family fire deaths

Eight people have been arrested in connection with an arson attack that left eight members of the same family dead more than a decade ago.

Five children and three adults died in the house fire in Birkby, Huddersfield, in 2002.

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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.

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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

Three generations of same family died in 2002 fire

The eight arrests over an arson attack more than a decade ago that left eight family members dead came after police launched a fresh drive to find someone wanted in connection with the crime.

Victims of the fire. (From left) Rabia Batool, 10, Tayyaba Batool, 13, Aneesa Nawaz, 2, Nafeesa Aziz, 35, and Ateeqa Nawaz, 7. Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Shahid Mohammed 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 men - Shaied Iqbal, Shakiel Shazad Amir and Nazar Hussain - were convicted for their part in the crime. Hussain has since been released on parole.

Eight people held over family fire deaths

Eight people have been arrested in connection with an arson attack that left eight members of the same family dead more than a decade ago.

Five children and three adults died in the house fire in Birkby, Huddersfield, in 2002.

One man was convicted of murder and two of manslaughter following the attack.

Eight people have now been arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender, West Yorkshire Police have confirmed.

A spokesman said six men - aged 64, 35, 34, 28, 25 and 16 - and two women - aged 55 and 32 - were detained and have been bailed.

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