West Yorkshire Police have confirmed a man admitted to hospital in Staffordshire last night is on the run killer Shakiel Shazad .

The 33-year-old, who was convicted of manslaughter after eight members of the same family died in an arson attack at a house in Osborne Road, Birkby in 2002, was found in a confused state on a road between Lichfield and Rugeley by police officers yesterday afternoon.

He was later admitted to a St George's Hospital in Staffordshire at about 5pm.

At the time he was unable to provide his personal details, but as a result of follow up enquiries, officers confirmed his identity through a finger print test.

Shakiel Ahmed Shazad
Shakiel Ahmed Shazad in 2013
 

He is now being guarded by West Yorkshire officers who have been working with colleagues in Derbyshire.

Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Superintendent Lisa Griffin, who held a press conference earlier today , said: "We have now confirmed through finger print checks that a man taken to hospital yesterday evening is Shakiel Shazad and he remains under guard by West Yorkshire Police detectives.

"He will be now be fully assessed for his physical and mental health. Arrangements will also be made to return him to custody in due course.

"I hope that the swift recapture will bring some comfort to the Chisti family and I want to thank members of the media for their assistance in publicising our efforts to find him and also colleagues in Derbyshire and Staffordshire police."

"Enquires to locate outstanding murder suspect Shahid Mohammed remain a top priority for West Yorkshire Police and will continue until he is found." 

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