On the run killer Shakiel Amir Shazad has been arrested.

The Examiner understands the 33-year-old was discovered in Staffordshire by police who found him in a "dazed" state.

He was taken to St George's Hospital in Stafford for treatment and was subsequently arrested.

He had been missing since yesterday when he walked out of the open prison HMP Sudbury in Derbyshire on a work licence and failed to return.

Shakiel Amir Shazad
Shakiel Amir Shazad

Earlier today at a West Yorkshire Police press conference Det Supt Lisa Griffin said hunting down Shazad was the force's top priority.

Shazad, pictured above in a yellow t-shirt at the time of his arrest, was serving 18 years in prison for the manslaughter of eight people in Huddersfield in a house fire in 2002.

Shazad along with Nazar Hussain were convicted of manslaughter while a third man, Shaied Iqbal, of Springdale Road, Thornton Lodge, was convicted of eight counts of murder.

Hussain was controversially freed on parole earlier this year. Shazad was due to face a Parole Board this year despite objections.

Iqbal was the instigator of the attack and was jailed for life after he was convicted of eight murder counts and pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit arson.

A fourth suspect, Shahid Mohammed, fled during the early stages of the inquiry and is still a fugitive.

Shahid Mohammed
Shahid Mohammed
 

The gang petrol-bombed the Chishti family’s home at Osborne Road while the occupants slept in the early hours of May 12, 2002.

Petrol was poured through the living room window, triggering a blaze which cost the lives of a mother, two of her children and her five grand-daughters.

The house on Osborne Road destroyed in the blaze which killed eight people
The house on Osborne Road destroyed in the blaze which killed eight people
 

Those killed in the fire included Nafeesa Aziz, 35, who perished with her five young daughters: Tayyaba Batool, 13; Rabiah Batool, 10; Ateeqa Nawaz, six; Aneesa Nawaz, two, and Najeeba Nawaz, six months.

Nafeesa’s brother, Mohammed Ateeq-ur-Rehman, 18, also died in the flames. Their mother, Zaib-u-Nisa, 54, died later in hospital after leaping from a window.

Three other occupants were able to escape.