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Police recapture arsonist who killed eight people

Shakiel Shazad
Shakiel Shazad was jailed for 18 years in 2003 for wiping out three generations of the Chisti family in a blaze in Huddersfield. Credit: PA

The man responsible for the deaths of eight members of the same family in an arson attack has been recaptured in "a confused state" after he went on the run from prison, according to police.

Shakiel Shazad, 33, was picked up by officers from Staffordshire Police on a road between Lichfield and Rugeley yesterday afternoon before he was admitted to hospital.

He was released on a work licence yesterday but failed to return to Category D Sudbury Prison.

Shazad was sentenced to 18 years in jail in 2003 after he was found guilty of manslaughter following the blaze in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

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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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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

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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One of the men accused of plotting to kill Joss Stone has told a jury he had never heard of the singer before his arrest. Junior Bradshaw said he thought he was going for ‘a day out’ in the country when he travelled to Devon with flatmate Kevin Liverpool.

Bradshaw told Exeter Crown Court he had no idea that the car he was driving contained an arsenal of weapons and said he did not know why there were two knives, two hammers and two balaclavas in it.

The former mental patient said he was sharing a small flat in Manchester but had no inkling about the plan he was allegedly cooking up to attack Joss Stone at her home in Devon. He denies all charges, as does his fellow defendant, Kevin Liverpool.

Care worker spat in elderly woman's face, court hears

A West Yorkshire care home worker spat in the face of an elderly resident saying, "she'll learn now, she'll never spit at me again," a court has heard.

Hope Young, 18, is accused of ill-treating Margaret Castleton at the Green View House care home, in Huddersfield, as well as others in her care.

Young is on trial at Leeds Crown Court along with two of her former colleagues at the home for elderly men and women, many of whom had dementia problems.

The jury was told how she is alleged to have spat at Mrs Castleton, who was in her 80s, after the resident wiped saliva onto her.

Mark Senior, 28, of Manchester Road, Linthwaite, Huddersfield, denies 10 counts of ill-treating or neglecting persons who lack mental capacity. Young, of Pennine View, Linthwaite, Huddersfield, denies eight similar charges.

The third defendant, Louise Dent, 24, of Greenlea Court, Dalton, Huddersfield, denies one count of the same charge. The home has now closed, the court heard. The trial continues.

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