Tyne & Wear

Durham Police arrest man after Stanley estate fires

Smoke damaged house Image copyright Durham Police
Image caption Durham Police said the fires centred around wheelie bins that were set alight next to homes

A man has been arrested in connection with a spate of suspected arson attacks in County Durham.

Five fires were started on the Poets Estate in Stanley between 03:00 and 05:00 GMT on Saturday.

An 84-year-old woman is said to be in a stable condition in hospital after suffering from the effects of smoke inhalation.

A 26-year-old man from the Stanley area has been arrested and bailed on suspicion of arson.

Supt Kerrin Smith said: "Fortunately no-one was more seriously injured in these attacks, but it could have been much worse.

"We are asking that people remain vigilant, both for themselves but also on behalf of their neighbours, and that they report any concerns to police immediately."

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