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Lindsey Scholes Royston fire murder: Family raise reward

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Media captionThe family of a South Yorkshire teenager killed in an arson attack more than 10 years ago are hoping to raise more than £10,000 for a reward to catch her killer.

The family of a 17-year-old girl from Barnsley who was killed in an arson attack hope to raise £10,000 for a reward to help catch her killer.

Lindsey Scholes died of brain damage in 2001 after suffering burns and smoke inhalation in a house fire in Royston.

Police appealed for information on the 10th anniversary of her death last year and continue to actively work on inquiries.

Ms Scholes's brother, Shaun Meloy, has set up a website to raise funds.

Mr Meloy, who was 11 years old when his sister died, said: "It's years of pain and wishing she was still here. We wonder why she's been taken.

"To actually get the person who has done it, we'll feel relief from our shoulders."

'Horrible thing'

Mr Meloy set up the website so members of the public can donate money. He wrote on there: "I am hoping to get a reward up or any information leading to a conviction.

"Hopefully this will encourage people to come forward and give that bit of information that could just give us a lead of who could have done this horrible thing to my sister."

South Yorkshire Police, leading the murder inquiry, said it was continually reviewing the investigation and a team of officers were dedicated to the case.

Lindsey was staying with two friends after a party at the house in Milgate Street, when the fire was started at the door of the property in the early hours of 8 September 2001.

Her friends jumped from an upstairs window but Lindsey was too scared to follow them.

She was rescued by firefighters and taken to hospital where she died on 10 September.

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