Man held over fire and theft

The Sunday Times - - News -

PO­LICE al­lege a man set fire to his house in Mor­ley be­fore threat­en­ing staff at a butcher’s shop across the road with an axe and steal­ing meat.

Emer­gency ser­vices were sent to the scene about 8.50am yes­ter­day fol­low­ing re­ports of a house fire on Mor­ley Drive.

A shirt­less man in his 40s, who neigh­bours said lived at the house with his wife and chil­dren, was ar­rested just min­utes later out­side the prop­erty, which was de­stroyed by fire.

Po­lice will al­lege mo­ments af­ter start­ing the fire the man walked to the nearby butch­ers on the cor­ner of Crimea Street and Mor­ley Drive wield­ing an axe. No one was in­jured in ei­ther in­ci­dent.

Act­ing In­spec­tor Paul Tolan said the house was “ex­ten­sively dam­aged”.

The owner of the butcher shop said the man al­legedly held the axe just cen­time­tres from his face and de­manded pork.

A cus­tomer was in­side the shop dur­ing the hold-up.

Dou­ble trou­ble: Po­lice at­tend the scene of the fire in Mor­ley.

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