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Man arrested for arson after four flat fire

Cresswell Avenue Credit: Google Maps

Officers investigating a fire on Cresswell Avenue in Newcastle-under-Lyme have arrested a man for arson.

A fire broke out in two houses converted into four flats on Cresswell Avenue yesterday (8 May) afternoon. Two of the four flats have been left with significant damage.

Staffordshire Police said officers identified the fire had been started deliberately or carelessly. A 34-year-old man from Newcastle-under-Lyme has now been arrested for arson with intent to endanger life.

Fortunately no one was in either building at the time of the fire.

– Staffordshire Police statement

Appeal after 'suspicious' car fires

Staffordshire Police are investigating Credit: PA

Police are treating two car fires in Staffordshire as suspicious.

A blue Peugeot car was alight and the fire had also spread to a red Peugeot 308 yesterday (8 May).

Staffordshire Police said they were called by Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service to reports of the fire in King Street, Burton just after 4am.

We are appealing for witnesses after two cars were burnt out in a Burton street yesterday.

Both vehicles were burnt out. We are treating the incident as suspicious.

– Staffordshire Police


Man in court charged with attempted kidnap

He will appear before magistrates this morning. Credit: PA

A man has appeared before magistrates charged with attempted kidnap.

Dean Cotton, from Biddulph, Staffordshire, has also been charged with actual bodily harm following an incident in Stoke-on-Trent on Friday.

He was arrested in the early hours of Saturday morning following an investigation by detectives.

The 17-year-old female victim is being supported by officers.

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