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Rough sleeper badly burned

April 15 2011
Victim identified by tattoos

Police have arrested a 27-year-old man following a fire outside a Newport hotel last month, in which a rough sleeper was severely burned.

Officers had to release pictures of the victim’s tattoos in order to identify him and believe that he had also been assaulted prior to the start of the fire. The victim, who is in his 30s, is still in a critical condition.

In a statement, Gwent Police said: "Inquiries are still on going to establish the cause of the fire and whether it was deliberately set.

"However, it has now been confirmed, following medical examination, that the man has suffered some other injuries and officers now believe he was the victim of an assault."

The location and timing of the alleged assault are yet to be confirmed, and police officers are continuing to carry our inquiries in the Chepstow Road area.

The injured man was discovered lying in the forecourt area of the hotel and may have been sleeping or unconscious. Police are still trying to contact his relatives.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information, or who was in the Chepstow Road area on 9 March, to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.