Published On: Tue, May 5th, 2015 on 4:17 pm

Pair arrested 18 years after arson attack killed seven-year-old boy

Two people have been arrested this morning in connection with the death of seven-year-old Joe McCafferty in a house fire that took place 18 years ago.

Joe McCafferty

Joe McCafferty.

A 65-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman, both from Huddersfield, were arrested on suspicion of murder and are currently in custody.

Sunday marked the 18th anniversary of Joe’s death following an arson attack on his aunt’s house in Haywood Avenue in Marsh on 3 May 1997.

Joe’s aunt, two cousins and older brother were also in the house when in the early hours of the day, accelerants were poured through the letterbox and set alight.

Joe was badly injured and later died at hospital.

“I need to know who has killed my son”

In a video appeal released by West Yorkshire Police, Joe’s mother Tracey McCafferty urged anyone with information to come forward.

She said: “Not having answers, not knowing why; it’s there daily. Asking myself the same questions every day about who could have done this. Someone knows who’s done it most definitely in this town and I do believe people local talk about it. I feel sometimes like I live in a goldfish bowl and it’s not nice.

“It would mean the world. Just to put it to bed, to put it to rest. Not just for me but for my son. My son suffers in silence. I have to fight for him too because he is still alive and he carries the scars. Just for peace of mind of knowing that whoever has done this has been caught. To be able to go to bed knowing that someone has been caught for it, to be able to get up in morning and not be waiting. The waiting around year on year is doing my head in basically. It’s not fair that I don’t know after 18 years who has killed my son.

“I want the community to tell me if they hear anything. It might only be the smallest thing but I need to know who has killed my son, for me, for my family, but more so for Nicky, his dad and his brothers and sisters.”

Joe would now have been 25-years-old.

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