Tyne & Wear

Woman is charged with South Shields flat arson

An 18-year-old woman has been charged with arson after a fire at a flat in South Shields.

Two police officers entered the burning flat on Whitehead Street, on Friday believing a child was inside.

No-one was found inside the property and the officers were treated for the effects of smoke inhalation.

Northumbria Police said Miss Rice, of Whitehead Street, was due before South Tyneside magistrates later.

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