Belloc Avenue arson: Man arrested after fire at South Shields home

Police investigating an arson attack on a house in South Shields have made an arrest.

By Debra Fox
Thursday, 27 June, 2019, 09:12

A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson following an incident in the town’s Belloc Avenue in the early hours of Tuesday, June 25.

He is currently assisting Northumbria Police with its inquiries into the fire.

The scene of the fire at Belloc Avenue, South Shields.

Officers were called shortly after 3am on Tuesday to the blaze, where one occupant suffered minor burns to his feet.

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CCTV footage obtained by police after the incident showed a man ‘acting suspiciously’ outside the address before the fire started.

He was then seen running away from the scene ‘engulfed in flames’’.

A force spokesman said: “A 21-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson and he is in police custody.”