Tyne & Wear

Woman, 69, held after Wallsend flat arson attack

A 69-year-old woman is being held by police in connection with a suspected arson attack at a flat.

Police said residents had to be evacuated from a property below when the blaze broke out in Shakespeare Street, Wallsend, late on Friday.

A woman was later arrested on suspicion of arson and is currently being interviewed by detectives from the Northumbria force.

Anyone with information is urged to come forward.

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