North East Wales

Attempted murder charges after five escape fire in Rhyl

Scene of the Rhyl fire
Image caption All five people in the house managed to escape.

A 24-year-old man has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of five people following a fire in Rhyl, Denbighshire, on Monday.

Local man Shahid Matlobe Hossein James allegedly tried to murder Natasha Evans, Christine Evans, Ian Evans and two unnamed children after a house blaze in Walford Avenue.

Magistrates in Prestatyn remanded him in custody until 1 October at Mold Crown Court.

There was no application for bail.

The defendant's mother collapsed in court as he was led away.

All five people in the house managed to escape.

Three other people arrested in connection with the fire - a 47-year-old woman, 22-year-old woman and a 28-year-old man - were bailed pending further enquiries.

Police have appealed for information and are particularly interested in speaking to any witnesses who were travelling along Vale Road, the main road between Rhuddlan and Rhyl, in the early hours of Monday, and who saw a man carrying a green petrol container.

Anyone with information should contact St Asaaph CID on 0845 607 1001 (Welsh), 0845 607 1002/101 (English) or Crimestoppers 0800 555 11.

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