Four arrested in Heckmondwike arson probe

Four arrested in Heckmondwike arson probe

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TWO more people have been arrested in connection with the attempted murder of a family of four in Heckmondwike.

The Homicide and Major Enquiry Team (HMET) are continuing investigations into an arson attack on a house on Stonedene Court in the town on Sunday August 11 at around 4.15am.

A 45-year-old man from Batley and a 31-year-old man from Cleckheaton were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder on Wednesday.

A 17-year-old male, who managed to escape the blaze by jumping from an upstairs window, remains in hospital in a serious but stable condition after suffering burn injuries in the incident.

A woman and two girls, aged 16 and 11, were treated for smoke inhalation.

Detectives have made a number of arrests but want to stress they are still appealing for information.

A 21-year-old man and a 37-year-old woman from Heckmondwike, plus a 19-year-old Dewsbury man, who were arrested last week have all been released on police bail.

Two females aged 21 and 17, and a 22-year-old man, who were also arrested have been released without charge.

DCI Sharron Kay, of the HMET, said: “We have a number of active enquiries ongoing into this incident which has caused shock in the local community. We have made arrests but are very much still appealing for information.

“I would ask anyone in Heckmondwike or the surrounding area who we have not spoken to who can assist to make contact with us.

“As things stand a 17-year-old remains in hospital having suffered some very serious injuries, while his mother and sisters also suffered smoke inhalation after having to jump from their own house.

“If you have information which could help the investigation then please get in touch.”

Anyone with information, CCTV that might help, or who may have seen any suspicious behaviour on the street is asked to contact the HMET on 101 referencing Operation PAIRGLEN and crime number 13190409679.

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