10/03/2016 Hartlepool

Appeal for Witnesses after Wheelie Bin Fires in Hartlepool

Police are appealing for information after two wheelie bins were set alight on Lynmouth Grove and Wilshire Way in Hartlepool.

The incidents occurred between 11pm and midnight on Tuesday 8th March.

The wheelie bin fire on Wilshire Way caused damage to the flats next to it and a 72-year-old man who was inside the building at the time of the incident was taken to the University Hospital of North Tees for treatment for smoke inhalation.

A 24-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to danger life in connection with both incidents and has been released on bail pending further enquiries.

Anyone who may have witnessed the incidents or seen anything suspicious is asked to contact DC Jason Mactaggart on the non-emergency 101 number, Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or www.crimestoppers-uk.org.