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Man charged with attempted murder after Leigh firebomb attack

Montreal Street, Leigh
Image caption Police said a woman in her 60s was taken to hospital with life-changing injuries

A man has been charged with attempted murder after a firebomb attack on a house.

A woman in her 60s was left in a critical condition following the fire in Leigh on 16 October.

Police said a bottle of "accelerants" had been thrown through a window on Montreal Street shortly after midnight.

Andrew Bamford, 37, of no fixed address, later appeared before Manchester Magistrates' Court and was remanded in custody.

He was scheduled to appear at Bolton Crown Court on 22 November.

Police are now linking the fire in Leigh with another at a house on Mardale Road, Huyton, Merseyside, on 14 October.

A 22-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of two counts of attempted murder in connection with the fires.

Two men - aged 19 and 22 - who were arrested on suspicion of attempted murder over the Leigh fire have been released with no further action.

Image caption Police said a "bottle of accelerants" was thrown at the house

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