New picture of Shahid Mohammed wanted in connection with arson attack in Birkby

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Detectives hunting Shahid Mohammed in connection with an arson attack that caused the deaths of a Huddersfield family have released a new image of him.

The photograph seized during the ongoing police investigation reveals his most recent appearance.

Last night, six men and two women were bailed pending further enquiries after being arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender.

A 38-year-old man has since been arrested and bailed on suspicion of assisting an offender, bringing the total to nine.

Six-month-old Najeebah Nawaz, Aneesa Nawaz aged two, Tayyaba Bootall aged three, Ateeqa Nawaz aged five, Rabiah Bootall aged ten, Muhammed Ateeq-Ur-Rehman aged 18, Nafeesa Aziz aged 35 and all died in the fire at 40 Osborne Road in Birkby on May 12 2002 and 54-year old Zaib-U-Nisa died in hospital a week later on Sunday May 19.

Detective Superintendent Lisa Griffin, Senior Investigating Officer, said: “The scale of this tragedy cannot be over stated. The devastating fire claimed the lives of five children, and three adults. This remains the biggest multiple murder that West Yorkshire Police have investigated in 30 years.

“The man hunt has stepped up a gear with positive lines of enquiry taking us closer to achieving our objectives of locating the fugitive Shahid Mohammed and identifying those persons who seek to protect him.

“The determination of West Yorkshire Police to support the family of these victims by delivering a successful conclusion couldn’t be stronger.”

Enquiries remain ongoing.

Anyone with any information which could assist officers in the investigations should contact the non emergency number 101 or Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.