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A MAN was hospitalised for psychiatric tests after threatening to set fire to himself at Wigan flats.

The 42-year-old had claimed he had doused himself in petrol after throwing several items out of a window at Markland Court in Frog Lane on Sunday morning.

Firefighters, ambulances and police all attended the scene as concerned fellow residents congregated outside. But after 15 minutes police persuaded the man to come out and it emerged that he hadn’t covered himself in petrol. A police spokesman said he was taken to Leigh Infirmary for assessment.