Woman held in arson probe

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A woman has been charged with arson after a man awoke to find his caravan ablaze.

Just after 4am on Saturday a fire started in a static home at Cayton Bay Holiday Park whilst a 51-year-old local man slept inside.

People from neighbouring caravans frantically banged on windows and doors to wake Norman Terrell, who was oblivious to what was going on around him.

Just over an hour later police arrested a Scarborough woman in connection with the incident.

Dan Westwell was staying in the same caravan park and saw the aftermath of the blaze.

He told The Scarborough News: “We were staying in a caravan four vans down.

“I heard the arguing at about 4am then the smashing of windows and shouting, then lots of noise which turns out was a couple of other blokes who were shouting and banging on the caravan to wake the chap up who was asleep inside.

“It was only because of one guy going for a walk that early who spotted it that saved the guy who was inside.

“They tried putting it out with some fire extinguishers before the fire engine arrived about half an hour later.”

Fire crews put the fire out and the man was unharmed despite his ordeal.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police said: “The fire service and police were alerted to the scene at 4.19am to deal with the incident and investigate the circumstances.

“A motorcycle was also allegedly set on fire.

“Thankfully, the 51-year-old man who lives in the caravan was unharmed.

“Following enquiries, police arrested the 47-year-old woman at a flat in Royal Avenue, at 5.02am on Saturday.”

Jayne Bladen, of Royal Avenue, was charged with arson with intent to danger life and was remanded in custody after appearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court on Monday.

She will appear next on July 6 at York Crown Court. No plea was entered.