A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of arson following a flat fire near Colchester town centre.

Firefighters were forced to break down the door at a flat in St Peter’s Street at 2.20pm yesterday.

They found a man who was distressed, locked in and suffering from smoke inhalation.

He was taken to Colchester General Hospital.

A man, aged in his 30s, was later arrested and bailed while detectives investigate the cause of the fire.

Anyone with information call detectives in Colchester on 101.