Greater Manchester Police (GMP) officers hunting a man in connection with the murder of a woman in Newton Heath, have made an arrest and thanked the media for its help.
On Monday 29 February 2016, shortly before 9.45am, police were called to an address on Surbiton Road in Newton Heath, Manchester to reports that a man had deliberately set fire to a woman.
Fire and police officers attended and found that a 49-year-old woman was left with serious burns. She was taken to hospital via air ambulance, where she remained in a critical condition.
She has now sadly died. A post mortem examination is expected to take place later to establish the cause of death.
Armed officers made the arrest after an off-duty GMP officer spotted a suspect getting off a train at Marple railway station on Friday 4 March 2016.
A 50-year-old man is now in custody on suspicion of murder and is being interviewed by detectives.
Superintendent Arif Nawaz from GMP’s North Manchester Division said: “Our thoughts remain with this woman’s family as they come to terms with the worst possible news.
“Our specialist support officers are continuing to support them at this dreadful time. As a result of this tragic development, the investigation team have now launched a murder inquiry.
At this stage I would also like to thank the public for their continued support throughout this difficult and protracted investigation.
“However, the fact we have made an arrest does not mean the investigation ends here; far from it. Our multi-skilled team is continuing to look into all the circumstances surrounding this case and anyone with information, is asked to call the police.
I also want to remind people that there is a grieving family so we would ask that they are now to be given some privacy”.