City of London employee charged with arson after a fire at a golf course clubhouse meant to be used for homeless

Police said the suspect drove the rented car with keys in hand to Regent’s Park Golf Club’s clubhouse. He was seen on CCTV climbing into the damaged car, smashing a window and starting the fire

City of London employee charged with arson after a fire at a golf course clubhouse meant to be used for homeless

A City of London employee has been charged with arson after a fire at a golf course clubhouse intended to be used for homeless people was extinguished by fire crews, police said.

Officers arrested the 44-year-old man from City of London at 11.50am on Thursday, more than an hour after the fire was extinguished at Regent’s Park Golf Club in Holborn.

Police said he drove the rented Hyundai i10 with keys in hand to the clubhouse, smashed a window, then poured petrol inside and started the fire. The car was parked in the car park as a fleet of 12 vehicles will take over control of the nearby West End’s five entertainment clubs from 1 November.

Firefighters extinguished the blaze, which was contained to the car, and no one was injured. Fire investigators have determined that the fire was caused by arson and the man will appear in court on 25 October.

A spokesman for the City of London Corporation said: “The safety of Londoners is our first priority and we are working with the police on this. The City of London has launched a helpline and website to advise members of the public in this situation.”

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