Man is held over mental home blaze
A MAN has been detained on suspicion of arson after a fire ripped through a mental health facility.
The 43-year-old was held as firefighters tackled the “severe” blaze which broke out at the George Bryan Medical Centre, near the Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital in Tamworth, on Monday night.
Images showed flames and smoke billowing from the building’s roof, part of which appeared to have fallen in.
Police said a suspect had been detained and appealed for information from witnesses.
A Fire and Rescue Service spokesman earlier said there had been reports of one of the patients absconding during the commotion caused by the blaze.
A police spokesman said the patient had been found soon afterwards.