Stoke-on-Trent man arrested in America over 1992 Middleport murders
A FORMER Stoke-on-Trent man has been arrested in the U.S. on suspicion of two counts of murder dating back more than 20 years.
The 44-year-old was arrested in connection with the deaths of Marilyn Cook and her son Nicholas Cook, who died following a house fire at their home in Travers Street, Middleport, on April 9, 1992.
Despite speaking to more than 5,000 people during an investigation, Staffordshire Police never made an arrest.
The suspect will now be extradited to the UK, a process which is expected to take a number of months.
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Ms Cook, aged 40, and Nicholas, aged 16, lived at the Travers Street property with Steven Hillman, Ms Cook's partner.
He survived the fire but suffered serious injuries. He has since died, but not as a result of the blaze.
The results of the post-mortem examinations for Ms Cook and her son gave their cause of death as smoke inhalation.
An inquest held at the time was told that the family had been under pressure to quit their home in the months leading up to the fire, after reportedly struggling with rent payments.
The suspect, who was arrested on Tuesday, January 8, is to be extradited after detailed inquiries by Staffordshire Police and the Crown Prosecution Service.