A man wanted in connection with Huddersfield’s worst mass murders is still being held in custody in Pakistan – more than nine months after his arrest.

Shahid Mohammed was originally arrested only days after the horrific firebomb attack in Osborne Road, Birkby, in May 2002 which claimed eight lives including five young children.

But he was bailed and vanished within hours meaning it is now over 13 years since he was supposed to appear in court in this country and face justice.

Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman, who has followed the case closely since his disappearance, said he was in close contact with the police and Foreign Affairs and Home Office ministers.

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He said: “I have been working on it behind the scenes and saw the three police officers working on it including one from South Yorkshire at the House of Commons only recently.

“Regarding the Foreign Affairs and Home Office ministers I am talking to them at every level I can get."

He said the extradition is a very complex one.

He added: “We will be back to it in the new year.”

A spokeswoman for West Yorkshire Police said: “Shahid Mohammed is still in custody in Pakistan while the Pakistani authorities progress with the matter of extradition to the UK.

“This is something that the UK authorities have no input or control over and it is a matter for the Pakistani authorities.

“West Yorkshire Police officers are in contact with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and authorities in Pakistan and will be notified by representatives from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office should there be any significant updates.”