Lancashire

Blackburn fire: Murder charge over Christopher Proctor death

Christopher Proctor on 9 November
Image caption Police said Christopher Proctor died before the fire in his home started

A man from Blackburn has been charged with the murder of an 88-year-old man whose body was found in his home after a fire.

Christopher Proctor was found in the bungalow in Pleckgate Road shortly before 04:00 GMT on 10 November.

Police said he had died before the fire began. The property was destroyed.

Anthony Curry, 38, of Gretna Walk will appear before Blackburn Magistrates' Court on Wednesday charged with murder, arson, theft and burglary.

Clare Randall, 30, also of Gretna Walk, Blackburn has been charged with theft.

Lancashire Police said she will also appear before magistrates in the town on Wednesday.

Mr Proctor's bank book and wallet were recovered from separate drains in the area and officers found CCTV showing somebody attempting to withdraw cash from his bank.

Six other people arrested in connection with the incident have been released without charge.

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