Manchester

Hunt for brother over burned woman

Stephen Archer Image copyright GMP
Image caption Police have released CCTV images of a man on a bike with a backpack leaving the scene after the incident

A woman is fighting for her life after being set on fire in her home.

Police said they are searching for the victim's brother, Stephen Archer, 50, of Openshaw, and say he may be carrying bottles of petrol.

The woman, 49, was airlifted to hospital with 70% burns after the attack at her home at 09:45 GMT on Monday.

Police have released CCTV of a man with a backpack who fled on a bicycle.

The woman remains in a critical condition.

A police spokesman said: "The victim is a family member of Stephen Archer. She is still in a very critical condition.

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Image caption Stephen Archer has links to the Openshaw, Marple and Romiley areas

'Petrol in backpack'

"It is touch and go and she is fighting for her life."

Police confirmed Archer, who has links to the Openshaw, Marple and Romiley areas, is still at large and said he should not be approached.

"We have reason to believe Stephen could be carrying several bottles of petrol in his backpack and a man was seen fitting his description cycling away from the scene."

A 19-year-old woman escaped uninjured from an upstairs window of the house, with help from neighbours during the attack.

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Image caption The house was badly damaged by the fire

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