- Robert Beattie died in hospital last night after suffering serious burns in the attack
- Police believe he was set on fire on doorstep after being doused in accelerant
- The fire attack happened when he answered door two weeks ago
- Six men already arrested by police over an incident in Skelmersdale, Lancashire
Last night, Robert Beattie died in hospital after suffering serious burns in the attack that happened two weeks ago on the 26th of September.
Police launched a murder investigation today following the death of Mr. Beattie.
A murder investigation has begun after Robert Beattie, 48, who was set on fire on his doorstep in Skelmersdale, died from his injuries… six people have been arrested in connection with the fire #CapitalReports pic.twitter.com/vYMEF75IgV
— CapitalLivNews (@CapitalLivNews) October 11, 2019
Detectives believe he was set on fire on his doorstep after being doused in a form of accelerant when he answered the door in the ‘fire attack’.
Detectives believe Mr. Beattie was set on fire on his doorstep on this road in Skelmersdale.
Detective Chief Inspector Pauline Stables, of Lancashire Police’s major investigation team, said, ‘This is tragic news and our thoughts remain with Mr. Beattie’s family and friends at this incredibly sad time”.
Investigations on Robert Beattie Death
Six men have already been arrested by police over the incident, and a post mortem examination will now take place find the cause of his death.
Paramedics called police at about 1 am on September 26 to reports of the fire.
Alleged Men: Number 1 and 2
A 35-year-old man from Liverpool and a 32-year-old man from Skelmersdale were arrested on suspicion of attacking, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life. They were 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.
Both were arrested on suspicion of wounding, attempted murder and arson with intent to endanger life.
Alleged Man: Number 5
A fifth man, also aged 31 and from Liverpool, was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and later released no charge.
A murder investigation is underway after a man died following a fire in Skelmersdale.
Robert Beattie, 48, died yesterday (Thursday, October 10) following the incident on September 26https://t.co/uCGrvsiIiH pic.twitter.com/eROTQIOEVz
— LancsPolice (@LancsPolice) October 11, 2019
Police helpline states:
“While we have made a number of arrests, our inquiries 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. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org