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Two arrested for arson, concealing body

April 02 2010
Fire did not kill rough sleeper
Two men have been arrested on suspicion of committing arson and concealing a body after the remains of rough sleeper Stephen Lawlor, 49, were found in a garage in South Yorkshire.

The men, aged 23 and 40, are suspected of causing the fire at Broom Road, Rotherham, on 9 February and have been released on bail pending further enquiries. It is not believed that the fire caused the death, however.

 Andy Strelczenie, the station manager at Aston Park fire station, said: "It wasn't until the crews were inside the garage turning over the hot debris that they came across Stephen. I believe he had been in there for some time and it wasn't actually the fire that caused his death. It looked like he'd been using it not necessarily to live in but he had definitely been in and out of that garage.

"I was talking to some of the police community support officers and he was a regular around the Rotherham area who some older people and police knew, though they had not seen him for some time."