Wanted man arrested by police

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Detectives investigating a serious attack on a man whose face was allegedly set on fire have made another arrest – but are still hunting a woman in connection with the incident.

Allan Mark Smith, 39, formerly of Lynn Grove, was one of two people to feature in a police appeal sent out on Tuesday.

He was arrested in Blackpool on Thursday on suspicion of wounding with intent and false imprisonment.

Another suspect, Clair Debra Louise Potts, 32, formerly of Cambridge Road, was also featured in the police appeal but remains at large.

Four other people have so far been charged in connection with the attack, where detectives say the 29-year-old victim was held captive in a Blackpool flat on February 7 before being set on fire.

Det Sgt Mark Dickinson, of Blackpool CID, said: “We believe that the victim in this case was subjected to an assault where accelerants were poured onto his face and ignited.

Smith remained in custody on Thursday evening, where he was being quizzed by police.

Andrew Southern, 35, of Lynn Grove, North Shore was charged with false imprisonment, assault occasioning actual bodily harm (ABH) and possessing a class B drug.

Jonathon Stemburski, 34, of Church Street, Blackpool, and David Potts, 31, of no fixed address, were both charged with false imprisonment and ABH.

A 17-year-old from Blackpool was charged with false imprisonment, perverting the course of justice and ABH.

Anyone with information should call police on 101.