ARSONISTS have added to the worries of a family caring for a very sick child.
The firebugs torched uncollected rubbish outside the home of a seriously-ill teenager.
Now the family of sick Ayeesha Javaid – seriously ill in Leeds General Infirmary – say they want answers from Kirklees Council after they warned officers that the mattress and bed base was prone to attack.
Police are investigating the blaze, which spread to wheeled bins outside the family home.
Ayeesha’s dad Javaid said: “We warned them that the mattress was in a dangerous place and could be set alight at anytime.
“I have rung the authority four or five times since Easter when I first reported it. The last time was Friday and they said someone would come out on Saturday.
“This is a very worrying time for us as a family because Ayeesha is so ill. Pray for her, please. We do not need all this worry.”
Fifteen-year-old Ayeesha, of Row Street, Crosland Moor suffers from Von Willebrand disease, a blood disorder which makes it difficult to stop bleeding when damage occurs.
The Moor End Technology College pupil suffers joint bleeds and must avoid injury at all costs, enduring painful injections of the clotting agent Factor Eight.
Bleeding gums mean her parents having to constantly change her pillows and she can rarely sleep through the night.
But the brave teenager has never allowed her medical condition to prevent her doing anything.
Last year she achieved a bronze Duke of Edinburgh award and in 2005 she received a Woman’s own Child of Courage Award in Westminster Abbey from the Duchess of Cornwall.
In 2006 Ayeesha received an Examiner Community Award in the young personality category for her bravery and fundraising.
Mr Javaid first contacted Kirklees Council before Easter asking for the mattress and bed base to be removed.
He was told he must leave the items at the back of his property on a wall, even though he expressed concerns about the risk.
A fire crew from Huddersfield fire station dealt with the blaze at the house while Ayeesha was in Leeds General Infirmary with her mum Rukhsana.
Dad Amjed was sleeping at the house with his other children – daughter Iqra, nine, and son Sajid, five.
They were awoken by neighbours at 12.30am yesterday morning.
Police confirmed they are treating the blaze as arson.
A police spokesman said the fire service reported a fire at the back of the terraced house.
The fire had been started deliberately when a mattress that was in the rear garden was set on fire.
As a result of the fire, a garden fence and three wheelie bins were damaged. Police are now appealing for any witnesses, or anyone with any information to contact Det Sgt Adrian Belle at Huddersfield CID via 0845 6060606, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
A spokeswoman from Kirklees Council said: “There is currently a large backlog of requests for bulky and other waste collections because of the increase in waste which the recent holiday period generated.
“These requests are being dealt with as soon as possible.”