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Tuesday, 11 June, 2002, 10:07 GMT 11:07 UK
Police appeal over family fire
(L-R) Father Rab Nawaz Khan, Ateeqa Nawaz, Rabia Batool, mother Nafeesa Aziz and Tayyaba Batool
Three of the sisters with their father and mother
Police have released a poster appealing for information about a fatal house fire in which eight people died.

New photographs of seven of the eight people who died in the fire at Birkby, Huddersfield on 12 May have been printed.

The 200 posters - in English and Urdu - are being distributed by officers and special constables to local mosques, restaurants, bus station, take-aways and taxi firms.

Police hope they will persuade anyone with information about the fire at the terraced house in Osborne Road to come forward.


I want people to take a close look at the faces on these posters and think of the effect their deaths is having on those who knew them

Det Supt Bob Bridgestock

Detective Superintendent Bob Bridgestock said the fact people have been charged and others are on police bail in connection with the crime should not deter anyone from coming forward with information.

"People should feel repulsed by what has happened and we would want and expect those with information to come forward and contact us," he said.

"Eight people died in the early hours of 12 May and this has had a devastating effect on the local community, their school and college friends, family and other friends.

"I want people to take a close look at the faces on these posters and think of the effect their deaths is having on those who knew them."

Three men have been charged with eight counts of murder in connection to the case and are remanded in custody, while 10 people are currently on police bail.

Police are still wanting to speak to a 19-year-old man in connection with the incident and have circulated his details to all airports and ports, to other police forces and agencies.

West Yorkshire police poster
Police have released posters in English and Urdu

Five sisters - Tayyaba Bootall, 13, Rabiah Bootall, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, 6, Aneesa Nawaz, 2, and Najeeba Nawaz, six months - lost their lives in the fire alongside their mother.

The girls' grandmother, Zaib-u-Nisi, 54, died at Leeds General Infirmary later.

Rab Nawaz Khan lost his wife, Nafeesa Aziz Khan and brother-in-law, Mohammed Ateeq-Ur-Rahman and daughters.

Mr Khan was at home in Pakistan at the time of the fire and came to the UK in late May.

He appealed for people to come forward with anything that could help the police about the deaths of his daughters and relatives.

He said: "Such a great tragic incident, the biggest of my whole life, which has in fact finished my life altogether, because my whole family, my wife and daughters, have been destroyed.

"All the members of my family were innocent and I am sure I did no harm to anyone."


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