Drunk woman set fire to the door of estranged husband’s Longton flat

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A DRUNK woman who set fire to the door of her estranged husband’s flat has been spared jail.

Sharon Noonan, 61, pleaded guilty to arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered after she started the fire at the property in Back Lane, Longton on September 2.

The court heard Noonan had drink and mental health issues when she started the fire.

No-one was injured but Noonan had been warned she may be jailed for the dangerous and careless offence.

Noonan, formerly of Lark Avenue but who now also gives her address as Back Lane, Longton, was handed a 12 month sentence suspended for two years.

Recorder Tania Griffiths QC, sentencing, ruled the public would be better served by addressing Noonan’s alcohol problems. She must undergo two years of supervision with the probation service and take part in an alcohol treatment programme.