Family’s £10,000 appeal to catch South Yorkshire teen’s killer

Lindsey Scholes, who was murdered in Royston in 2001.
Lindsey Scholes, who was murdered in Royston in 2001.
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THE family of a teenage girl who died in an arson attack a decade ago have launched an appeal to raise £10,000 for a reward to help catch her killer.

Lindsey Scholes, aged 17, died of brain damage in 2001 after suffering burns and breathing in smoke during a blaze at a house on Milgate Street, Royston, Barnsley.

Detectives investigating Lindsey’s murder appealed for information on the 10th anniversary of her death last year, and are still working on inquiries.

But Lindsey’s brother, Shaun Meloy, has now set up a web page to raise money towards a reward leading to a conviction.

“It’s been 10 years since this happened to my sister and still we have no idea who did this or why,” said Shaun, who was 11 when his sister died.

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

Shaun added: “I am hoping to get a reward up for any information leading to a conviction.”

Lindsey was staying with two friends after a party at Milgate Street, when the fire was started at the door of the house at around 4.30am on September 8, 2001.

Her friends jumped from an upstairs window but Lindsey remained inside the property.

She was rescued by firefighters from the first floor, but had already been badly affected by the fire and fumes.

Lindsey was rushed to Barnsley Hospital, then taken to the Royal Hallamshire in Sheffield for specialist treatment, but died on September 10.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said the force was continually reviewing the investigation.

Visit www.indiegogo.com/Lindsey-Scholes-Reward-Fund to donate.