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Swindon murder inquiry after fire death

The scene in Albion Street
Image caption Emergency services attended the property in Albion Street just after 21:00 BST

A murder inquiry is under way after a man rescued from a burning property in Swindon died from his injuries.

The 62-year-old, named locally as Michael Redpath, was taken to hospital where he died from his injuries.

A 29-year-old woman from Wiltshire has been arrested on suspicion of murder and remains in police custody.

Mr Redpath had a string of convictions for drink-related offences and racially aggravated harassment and was banned from Swindon town centre for two years.

The fire in Albion Street started at about 21:00 BST on Wednesday.

'Thought he was arguing'

Next door neighbour Sam Botoa said she heard banging on the walls and shouting when she was getting ready for bed.

She said this was "quite common" from her neighbour and she did not know anything was wrong until the police arrived.

Speaking through a translator, she said: "I thought he was arguing with someone else, but I couldn't hear anyone else arguing back."

Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service said the blaze had started on the ground floor of the terraced house and the man was rescued from the first floor.

Fire investigators are working with the police to establish the cause.

Mr Redpath had 20 alcohol-related convictions dating back to 2009.

He had admitted an offence of racially aggravated harassment in June 2012.

In November 2012 he was handed a two-year Anti-social Behaviour Order [Asbo] banning him from Swindon town centre.

But he breached his Asbo soon afterwards and pleaded guilty in the same month to being drunk and disorderly.

Since January this year he has pleaded guilty to breaching his Asbo eight times and was due to attend a hearing on Thursday over a ninth alleged breach.

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