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Arsonists strike at Bradford primary school

A primary school in Bradford suffered serious fire damage to two floors after a suspected arson attack last night. It is believed a plastic table and other materials were piled against a ground floor door and set on fire at Lister Primary School in Manningham.

The blaze spread into a classroom and then to a room above and also into adjoining toilets. Around thirty firefighters tackled the blaze which broke out just after seven last night.

Appeal following £70,000 barn fire

Northallerton police are appealing for information following an arson attack which caused £70,000 worth of damage to a barn near Appleton Wiske.

Police were called to the fire at around 8.20pm on Friday night.

The barn, situated on the road between Appleton Wiske and the village of Deighton, is around 60 years old and was used by a farmer to store hay and machinery. About 300 bales of hay valued at £6,000 and agricultural equipment were destroyed in the fire.

Police believe the fire was started deliberately. A van was seen in the vicinity shortly after the fire was started and officers would like to speak to occupants this vehicle as they could have vital information which could help the investigation.

Anyone with information should contact police on 101.

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Fury over killer's release

Eight members of the Chishti family perished in the fire Credit: family photo

A man who killed eight people in an arson attack in Huddersfield ten years ago has been freed from prison. Nazar Hussain was one of a gang who petrol bombed the home of the Chishti family in Birkby.

The decision to release him just half-way through his 18-year sentence has been condemned by both survivors and relatives of those who died. He has been released on licence after a Parole Board review - despite vehement objections being lodged with the board.

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