Pigeon loft fire arrest

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A MAN has been arrested in relation to a fire which killed up to 200 birds.

Three lofts were destroyed and prized birds worth an estimated £20,000 died in the blaze at Humbledon and Plains Farm Allotments, off Premier Road, Sunderland.

Two fire crews spent about two hours dealing with the blaze, which broke out shortly after 8pm on Wednesday.

Today, Northumbria Police confirmed that they had arrested a 27-year-old man on suspicion of arson.

He has now been released on police bail, pending further investigations.