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Woman suffers asthma attack after arsonists strike
Monday 6th June, 2011

A resident in Golborne suffered an asthma attack after arsonists targeted the house next door to her.

The offenders smashed the kitchen window to break into the house, which was under renovation, on High Street shortly before 5.50am on Tuesday 31 May 2011.

They searched the house and stole tools, before they started a fire in the kitchen. The blaze caused extensive damage to the kitchen and also affected the rest of the house.

Smoke spread through the roof of the terraced house and caused the 54-year-old woman, who suffers from asthma, to have a breathing attack. She went to hospital but was discharged a short time later.

Detectives are now carrying out an investigation with the fire service.

Detective Constable Jon Quigley said: "The actions of the offenders were reckless and they had no regard for the safety of residents. The incident has also distressed the owner of house. Starting fires in empty houses is therefore not a victimless crime.

"We are appealing for any witnesses to call us - there may be residents who saw suspicious behaviour who could help us."

Anyone with information should call police on 0161 856 5307 or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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