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Stephen Archer, Wanted After Woman Set On Fire, May Be Carrying Petrol, Greater Manchester Police Warn

02/03/2016 10:20 GMT | Updated 02/03/2016 10:59 GMT

A man suspected of dousing a woman in petrol and setting her on fire in Newton Heath, Manchester is being hunted by police.

Stephen Archer “clearly poses a danger” and officers have warned he may be carrying bottles of fuel around with him.

On Monday, emergency services found a 49-year-old woman had been left with 70% burns to her body.

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Police are searching for Stephen Archer in connection with the attack

Her 19-year-old daughter, who had been upstairs at the time, was forced to escape the house from an upstairs window.

She was taken to hospital via air ambulance where she is still in a critical condition and has serious injuries.

Superintendent Arif Nawaz from GMP’s North Manchester Division said: “First of all our thoughts are with the victim and her family, this is a horrific incident and I cannot imagine what the victim is going through. We can assure her, and the wider public that we are doing all that we can to try and find the person responsible.

“We have a large multi-skilled team currently searching for Stephen Archer and we believe he may have links to Openshaw, where he lives, and the Marple and Romiley areas where we know he has connections. Our search however, is not limited to those areas.

“We have reason to believe Stephen could be carrying several bottles of petrol in his backpack and a man was seen fitting his description cycling away from the scene.

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"We are appealing for the public to take a look at his picture and get in touch with us if you see him.

“In particular, we are appealing to anyone who may work in a petrol station who may have seen Stephen.

“Please do not approach Stephen, but contact police as a matter of urgency by calling 999.

“Stephen, if you should see this appeal, come and talk to police. We can end this situation in a calm manner and find out what lead to this tragic situation.”

Anyone with information is asked to call the investigation team directly on 0161 856 3891, 999, or the independent charity, Crimestoppers, on 0800 555 111.

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