Man charged with hotel fire

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A 34-YEAR-OLD man has appeared in court today charged with starting a series of fires including at a Sheffield hotel.

Thomas Ashcroft, of no fixed address, appeared before Canterbury Magistrates’ Court to face charges in relation to an incident at the Hilton Hotel in the city in Sheffield, as well as at two Kent hospitals.

Ashcroft was charged on Saturday with three counts of arson with intent and three counts of burglary.

Kent Police said he was remanded in custody until Monday, September 17, when he will appear before Canterbury Crown Court for a preliminary hearing.

Detective Inspector Lee Whitehead said: “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Kent Fire and Rescue Service and the NHS for their assistance with the investigation and the preventative measures that were put in place to prevent harm before an arrest was made.

“Thankfully no-one was injured in these incidents. I’m pleased we are able to present before the courts today for these offences and we await the outcome of the courts.”

Ashcroft is charged with burglary and arson with intent at Medway Maritime Hospital in August, burglary and arson with intent at Kent and Canterbury Hospital in August and burglary and arson with intent at the Hilton in Sheffield.