Man charged in City of London golf clubhouse arson

Written by Anna Bamford, CNN

The City of London police have charged a man in connection with an arson attack on a golf course clubhouse meant to house homeless people.

A City of London spokesperson confirmed that the male employee, aged in his 40s, had been arrested by police after the fire at the clubhouse of the Golf Course House, an office block on the City of London’s Guildhall site. The man is due to appear at London’s City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court on June 19.

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The spokesperson said: “The man will be summonsed for arson.

“He is currently on police bail and is entitled to apply for bail at his next court hearing. At this stage, it would be inappropriate to comment further. An internal investigation is ongoing and the matter is under review.”

The Golf Course House is home to offices belonging to some of the City’s biggest financial firms, including Barclays Bank, Nomura, Arch Cru and Spring Sutton.

The fire broke out in the clubhouse at the end of June, causing extensive damage, including a leaking roof and blaze in the building’s offices. As part of the insurance recovery, several rooms on the 17th floor will be used to house homeless people.

The City of London is one of London’s most prestigious financial districts. “City of London” derives from the ancient city in which the City of London was founded, but from which it now stands.

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