Arson attack as elderly couple slept in Bolton

An elderly couple suffered a suspected arson attack on their home in Greater Manchester as they slept.

Greater Manchester Police said the couple were awoken by the smoke alarm at their home in Eldon Street, Tonge Moor, Bolton, around 03:55 GMT.

Finding smoke in the living rooms they summoned help from their neighbours by banging on an interior wall.

The neighbours helped the couple, who are in their 80s and are now being looked after by their family, escape.

Det Insp Charlotte Cadden said: "This is a terrible incident and enquiries are ongoing to try and establish who would target such a vulnerable elderly couple."

She added: "Understandably the couple who live in the house are very shaken but thankfully they managed to escape the fire, suffering from only minor smoke inhalation, and they are now doing much better."

Police believe it was an isolated incident.

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