Arrests made in connection with Huddersfield boy’s arson death

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

A 65-year-old man and a 60-year-old woman, both from the Huddersfield area, have been 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, Marsh, Huddersfield, on 3 May, 1997.

His mother Tracey McCafferty made a fresh appeal for information to catch the killer on the of his death.

Joe was at his aunt’s house in Haywood Avenue in Marsh, Hudddersfield when liquid was put through the letterbox and set alight in the early hours of May 3 1997.

Joe’s aunt, two cousins and older brother Nicky were also in the house. Joe later died at hospital.