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Rochdale Arsonist Sets Himself On Fire
An arsonist is being sought by police after setting himself alight during an attack in Rochdale.
CCTV footage shows the suspect's left arm catch fire as he pours a flammable liquid on to the grille of a parked van in Ashworth Street, Falinge.
He is seen desperately trying to put out the fire on his arm as he runs down the street.
Greater Manchester Police said the suspect then got into a waiting light-coloured Nissan Micra car, which was driven by another man.
The blaze in Ashworth Street at about 5am spread to a nearby family home, causing damage to the front door and windows.
Detective Constable Russ Clarke said it was very lucky no-one was injured.
"It is only by chance and the speedy response of Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service which prevented any loss of life during this attack," he said.
"This offender acted with no thought for his own safety or that of any of the local residents."
Anyone with information should contact Detective Constable Clarke or Detective Sergeant Martin Soutter on 0161 856 9961 or via Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.
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