Shafilea Ahmed's sister arrested after family robbed

Shafilea Ahmed
Image caption Shafilea, 17, went missing from her home in Warrington in September 2003

The sister of murdered teenager Shafilea Ahmed has been arrested in connection with an attack on her family.

Three armed men broke into their home on Liverpool Road in Great Sankey, Warrington, on Wednesday night.

The gang tied up Shafilea's mother and siblings but one of the victims managed to break free and raise the alarm.

Shafilea's sister, Alisha Ahmed, 22, was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to rob. She has since been bailed.

Jewellery stolen

Shafilea, 17, went missing from home in Warrington in September 2003.

Her body was found in the River Kent in Cumbria in January 2004. No-one has ever been charged with her murder, but police did initially arrest her parents on suspicion of kidnap.

They believed it had been a so-called "honour killing" but the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) later concluded there was insufficient evidence.

South Cumbria coroner Ian Smith returned a verdict of unlawful killing, saying he believed that the teenager was probably murdered.

It is understood that during the armed robbery, her mother, Faranza, and four of her adult children were tied up while the thieves ransacked the house before fleeing with a quantity of cash and jewellery.

A 24-year-old man from Salford, Greater Manchester, remains in police custody after being arrested on suspicion of robbery.

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