New South Yorkshire police appeal over Lindsey murder

Unsolved: Lindsey Scholes died after an arson attack on a house and, above, the house after the blaze.
Unsolved: Lindsey Scholes died after an arson attack on a house and, above, the house after the blaze.

POLICE are handing out flyers in a South Yorkshire urging people to help them solve a 10-year-old murder.

Lindsey Scholes died aged 17 in September 2001 after an arsonist used white spirit to start a fire at the front door of the house in Millgate Street, Royston, barnsley, where she was staying.

Police are asking people if they were near Milgate Street in the early hours of Saturday, September 8, 2001, or if they have any information to help Lindsey’s family get justice at last.

Flames engulfed the house where Lindsey was staying with friends after a party. She woke and alerted two other people who jumped to safety from an upstairs window.

Lindsey, who was frightened of heights, ran into a bathroom hoping she would be rescued, but by the time firefighters had battled upstairs she had been overcome by toxic smoke.

Lindsey was taken to hospital but her life support was turned off two days later after doctors said she had suffered brain damage.

* Anyone with information can call 01709 443543 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.