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Darlington man arrested for attempted murder after fire

  • 8-8-2014

A man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and arson after a fire which left a woman with severe burns.

Durham Police said a 40-year-old man had been arrested over the fire at a flat above a shop in Darlington, on Monday evening.

The 30-year-old woman is still in hospital after suffering burns to her head, feet and arms. Police said her condition was "poorly but stable".

Anyone with information is asked to contact Durham Police.

Petrol theft

Det Insp Wendy Tinkler said: "We have reason to believe that petrol was used to start the fire and that it may have been stolen.

"Investigations are underway to determine where the petrol has potentially been stolen from and my officers are pursuing a number of lines of enquiry.

"I would like to appeal to anyone in or around the Geneva Road area who has recently been a victim of petrol theft, be it from a shed, garage or outbuilding or from the fuel tank of their car to get in touch.

"It may be that you hold vital information which can help us to determine exactly where the petrol used to start the fire came from."

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