Man, 48, dies after being soaked in petrol and set on FIRE on doorstep as police launch murder probe

Man, 48, dies after being soaked in petrol and set on FIRE on doorstep as police launch murder probe

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A BLAZE attack victim has died after he was doused in petrol and set alight on his doorstep last month.

Cops have launched a major murder probe after tragic Robert Beattie, 48, died from the horror injuries he suffered in the targeted attack at his home in Lancashire on September 26.

Robert Beattie died in hospital after he was targeted in a sickening fire attack last month

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The victim was soaked in petrol and set a light on his doorstep in Skelmersdale, Lancs[/caption]

Beattie was rushed to hospital in the early hours of the morning and spent the last two weeks fighting for life as cops hunted his attackers.

The investigation has now been upgraded to a murder probe and detectives have urged witnesses to come forward.

Six men have previously been arrested in connection with the investigation and enquiries are on-going.

A 35-year-old man, from Liverpool, and 32-year-old man, from Skelmersdale, Lancs, were arrested on suspicion of wounding, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life. They have been bailed to October 28.

A 22-year-old man from Liverpool was arrested and bailed to October 28, with a 31-year-old man from Liverpool arrested and bailed to October 29.

SIX ARRESTS

Both were arrested on suspicion of wounding, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life.

A fifth man, 31, from Liverpool, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and later released without charge.

A sixth man, 36, also from Liverpool, was arrested on suspicion of wounding, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life. He was later released on bail until October 29.

DCI Pauline Stables, of Lancashire Police’s Force Major Investigation Team, said: “This is tragic news and our thoughts remain with Mr Beattie’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time.


“While we have made a number of arrests, our enquiries are very much ongoing and we have a number of detectives working on this investigation.

“If you have any information at all that could help and haven’t contacted us already please get in touch with us as soon as possible.”

Anyone with information should contact police on 101 quoting log 0068 of September 26.


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