Elderly couple flee suspected arson attack in Peterlee

An 18-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a suspected arson attack which forced a county Durham couple to flee their home.

The retired couple in their 70s managed to escape the fire at their semi-detached home in Pentland Close in Peterlee late on Friday.

Durham Police said the fire started in a wheelie bin, but quickly spread to the property's windows.

No-one was hurt and the 18-year-old local man is being questioned.

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