Man charged with murder over flat fire

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DETECTIVES have charged a 25-year-old man with murder following a Christmas Eve flat fire in which a body was found.

South Yorkshire Police said it had charged Jay Griffiths, 25, with the murder of 40-year-old Andrew Massarella of Cantley, Doncaster.

A police spokesman said: “Mr Massarella was found dead following a fire at his flat at Callender Court, Middleham Road, Cantley on Saturday, 24 December last year.

“Firefighters were alerted at around 3.20am on Christmas Eve and entered the flat to tackle the blaze and discovered Andrew Massarella’s body.

“After receiving new information relating to the incident, South Yorkshire Police renewed enquiries and subsequently charged Jay Griffiths on Wednesday.”

Griffiths was expected to appear in court today.

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