Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Police investigated by IPCC after Dinnington house fire

A police force is to be investigated over its contact with a woman who was later injured in a suspected arson attack in South Yorkshire.

The 35-year-old woman suffered facial burns in the fire at her house in Dinnington on 1 November.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said she had earlier contacted police several times.

Liam Fretwell, 23, of North Anston, and Carley Waddington 19, of Treeton, have been charged with arson.

South Yorkshire Police officers were called to the house on Manor Road where they found a blazing wheelie bin that had been pushed against a door.

Mr Fretwell and Ms Waddington were arrested shortly after the fire and appeared at Sheffield Crown Court on 18 November charged with arson with intent to endanger life.

South Yorkshire Police said it voluntarily referred the incident to the IPCC.

Calls to police

The IPCC Commissioner said the investigation would examine contact between South Yorkshire Police and the woman "to ascertain whether the correct procedures and policies were followed" after she had made several calls to the force.

The investigation would also address whether anything further could have been done before the fire at the woman's home, the IPCC said.

Mr Fretwell and Ms Waddington were also charged with production of a Class B drug.

Mr Fretwell was remanded in custody ahead of his next appearance, while Ms Waddington was released on bail.

They will next appear at Sheffield Crown Court on 22 January.