Man dies following arson attack in Old Swan

Merseyside Police has confirmed that a man has died following arson attack at a property in Old Swan on Thursday 1 September.

At around 3.20am, police officers were called to a report of a fire at a property on Dorien Road.

A man and a woman were taken to hospital suffering from smoke inhalation and other injuries. 

Police have now confirmed that the 76-year-old man passed away on 16 September.

A post-mortem examination into his death has taken place and police are waiting for the results.

Detectives have now widened the investigation into the circumstances leading to his death.

Detective Inspector Katie Coote said, “We have broadened the investigation into his death and his family have been informed. They are being supported by our specially trained liaison officers.

“Following a joint investigation with Merseyside Fire and Rescue Service we have established that the fire was caused deliberately.

“We are appealing for witnesses who were in the area at that time and saw something suspicious to please come forward and help us with the investigation.

“I would urge those who have not already spoken to police who witnessed what happened or who captured the incident on CCTV or dashcam footage to contact us.”

Anyone who witnessed the incident or with any information can contact Merseyside Police by DM via the social media desk on Twitter @MerPolCC or Facebook ‘Merseyside Police Contact Centre’ using reference 22000649658. 

You can also contact the independent charity Crime stoppers anonymously, on 0800 555 111 or via their online form at:


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