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Third arrest over firebombing of Oldham Council leader's car

Oldham Council leader Councillor Arooj Shah.

A third man has been arrested after the leader of Oldham Council's car was set alight. 

Police were called just before 1.30am on Tuesday 13 July, to a report of a vehicle on fire outside a property on Greengate Street in Oldham. 

An investigation was launched after tests undertaken by the fire service established that the vehicle had been deliberately ignited, which also caused damage to a neighbouring property.

No one was injured in the incident.

Greater Manchester Police has confirmed that a 21-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life. 

The suspect was arrested on Thursday afternoon (9 September) and has since been released pending further enquiries.

The arrest follows the previous arrests of a 22-year-old man and a 23-year-old man in connection with the fire. 

Speaking about the incident at a council meeting in July, Councillor Arooj Shah - who became Oldham Council leader in May - said: "The last 24 hours have been very difficult and I can’t say the attack outside my family home hasn’t affected me and the people I love, because it has. 

"But what I am clear about is, whoever was responsible, and for whatever reason, I will not be diverted from the task in hand." 

Anyone with information about the incident should contact police on 0161 856 9059, quoting incident number 0041 of 13/07/2021. Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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