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Family blaze killer back in prison

A man who killed eight members of the same family in an arson attack is back behind bars after going on the run from prison.

Shakiel Shazad, 33, was sentenced to 18 years in jail in 2003 after he was found guilty of manslaughter following the blaze in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire.

He did not return yesterday after being released from Category D Sudbury Prison, near Uttoxeter, on a work licence.

Derbyshire Police said Shazad had now been detained in Staffordshire. Officers from Staffordshire Police picked Shazad up on a road between Lichfield and Rugeley yesterday afternoon.

He was described as being in a "confused state" and was admitted to hospital.

At the time Shazad was unable to provide his personal details but, as a result of follow-up inquiries, officers confirmed his identity through a fingerprint test, Derbyshire Police said.

Seven members of the Chishti family - Muhammad Ateeq-ur-Rehman, 18, Nefeesa Aziz, 35, Tayyaba Batool, 13, Rabiah Batool, 10, Ateeqa Nawaz, five, Aneesa Nawaz, two, and six-month- old Najeeba Nawaz - died in the fire in May 2002.

Another family member, Zaib-un-Nisa, 54, died in hospital a week later.

Three men - Shazad, Shaied Iqbal and Nasar Hussain - were convicted for their roles in the crime. A fourth man, Shahid Mohammed, was arrested by police after the blaze but went on the run and has never been captured.

In May this year seven men and two women were all arrested on suspicion of assisting an offender and bailed pending further inquiries.

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