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Suspect linked to fatal Huddersfield fire due in court after extradition

Credit: West Yorkshire Fire

A man suspected of eight counts of murder following a fatal house fire in Huddersfield is due in court later - after his extradition from Pakistan.

Shahid Mohammed, 36, was flown back on Wednesday and is expected to be formally charged with the murders of five children and three adults at Leeds Magistrates' Court.

The blaze in Birkby, in 2002, killed eight members of the Chishti family - at their home.

Police appeal after 'suspicious' fire in Birkby

Police in Huddersfield are appealing for witnesses following a potentially suspicious fire at a health centre in Birkby.

While the cause of the fire has not yet been determined a rear window at the property was damaged. The fire itself caused substantial damage to an office at the rear of the building.

This incident has had a significant impact on the staff and patients at the health centre due to the damage caused. While the cause of the fire has yet to be determined we are treating it as potentially suspicious.

We would urge anyone who was in the area late on Sunday night and saw any suspicious people, or vehicles to contact us. Enquiries are ongoing.

– PC Charlotte Saville, Huddersfield NPT
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