Leeds & West Yorkshire

Birkby fire that killed eight 'seems like yesterday', says family

Police handout showing murdered family
Image caption Hameed Chisti lost his mother, sister, brother and nieces in the 2002 fire

A man who lost eight members of his family in a fire has appealed for help to find a suspect who has been on the run since 2002.

Three men were jailed in 2003 over the fire at a house in Osborne Road, Birkby, Huddersfield. Shahid Mohammed was also arrested, but never answered police bail.

Hameed Chisti lost his mother, sister, brother and five nieces.

He said nearly 11 years on "it seems like it only happened yesterday".

"Shahid Mohammed, who jumped bail, is still on the run. There must be some people who know his whereabouts," Mr Chisti said.

"I and my family appeal to those people please come forward and contact police."

Image caption Police used an image of Shahid Mohammed from 2002 (left) to show what he could look like now (right)

West Yorkshire Police have created an image to show what Shahid Mohammed could look like now, which officers have distributed around Huddersfield.

Det Supt Lisa Griffin said: "I strongly believe that someone in the local community knows something about Shahid Mohammed that could help the Chisti family end their pain."

The victims were Nafeesa Aziz, 35, and her five daughters - Tayyaba Batool, three, Rabiah Batool, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, five, Aneesa Nawaz, two, and Najeeba Nawaz, who was six months old.

Nafeesa 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 after jumping from an upstairs window.