A MAN has been arrested after Oldham Council leader Cllr Arooj Shah's car was "firebombed" in the early hours of yesterday.

Police were called just before 1:30am on Tuesday to reports of a vehicle on fire on Greengate Street in Glodwick.

The fire service put out the blaze and it was established that the car was deliberately set on fire, also causing slight damage to a neighbouring property.

No-one was injured in the incident.

Police have now said that a 23 year old man has been arrested on suspicion of arson with intent to endanger life.

He remains in custody, and is assisting police with their inquiries.

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Detective Chief Inspector Wesley Knights of Greater Manchester Police's Oldham division said: "This fire destroyed a vehicle and caused damage to a neighbouring property.

"It was a reckless, abhorrent act, and it's fortunate that no-one got hurt.

"We will not rest until the circumstances around this incident are fully understood, and those responsible brought to justice.

"While we have made an arrest, our investigation remains very much on-going, and I would like to appeal to anyone who may have witnessed anything, or have any information surrounding this fire to please contact police as soon as possible."

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Anyone with information should contact police on 0161 856 9059 quoting incident number 0041 of July 13.

Reports can also be made anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.