City of London employee charged over fire at golf clubhouse

A City of London employee has been charged with arson after a fire that destroyed a former golf course clubhouse meant to be used for homeless people, fire authorities have said. Iris Webb, 29,…

City of London employee charged over fire at golf clubhouse

A City of London employee has been charged with arson after a fire that destroyed a former golf course clubhouse meant to be used for homeless people, fire authorities have said.

Iris Webb, 29, an employee of the institution’s private partnership company, has been charged with arson after the fire at One Park Road, the city’s aviation hub, in March.

She was granted bail to appear at Westminster magistrates court on Wednesday.

Webb, who was a frequent visitor to the site, was one of six people arrested after a fire began inside the clubhouse. Only a single piece of furniture was damaged in the blaze, and no one was injured.

The City of London says the building had been converted into a homeless hostel and that it had installed fire alarms and sprinklers.

However, “crime, in all its forms, is regrettable, and we are working with the police to bring the situation to a swift resolution,” they said in a statement.

The club’s finances have been hit by the Brexit vote and membership levels are down.

It is not the first time City of London employees have faced trouble with the law for crimes at the building.

In 2010, City worker Adam Grunblatt, who did not work at the City, was charged with assault, criminal damage and threat to kill after pouring a liquid on staff members during an evening at a restaurant on the club.

He was cleared of any criminality last year.

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