Tamworth hospital: Suspect, 43, held over George Bryan Centre fire

The fire at the George Bryant CentreImage copyright
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All patients and staff have been transferred to other centres, police say

A man has been arrested on suspicion of arson after a blaze broke out at a mental health centre in Staffordshire.

The 43-year-old, from Tamworth, was detained over the fire at the George Bryan centre near the Sir Robert Peel Community Hospital in the town.

There were no reports of casualties in the fire, which broke out at about 20:50 GMT on Monday.

“All occupants and staff have been evacuated from the centre,” Staffordshire Police said.

‘Sacrifice part of building’

One patient absconded during the commotion caused by the blaze but was found soon afterwards, a police spokesman told the BBC.

The force said 11 occupants and staff were evacuated from the centre, in Plantation Lane, Mile Oak.

Some 10 crews from Staffordshire, West Midlands and Warwickshire fire services were deployed.

A Staffordshire fire service spokesman said there was “quite a lot of the building involved” in the blaze.

“We’re trying to sacrifice part of the building and let that burn to prevent it from spreading to the rest of the hospital,” he said.

Christopher Pincher, the Conservative MP for Tamworth, tweeted that he was “very concerned” by the fire.

An appeal has been made for witnesses to come forward with information about the fire.

The centre shares a site with the community hospital, although the two buildings are not connected.

Run by the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, it provides mental health services for adults, including acute care under the Mental Health Act.

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