Suspected arsonist charged after health centre fire

Arson attack at Fulbourn Health Centre

Arson attack at Fulbourn Health Centre - Credit: Cambs Police

A suspected arsonist was arrested following a fire in the early hours of Tuesday at a Cambridgeshire surgery.  

The man has been charged following a fire at a health centre in Fulbourn.

Emergency services were called to the blaze, in Haggis Gap, at 12.44am yesterday (27 July).

Richard Naylor, 49, of Haggis Gap was arrested yesterday morning and has since been charged with arson with recklessness as to whether life was endangered, threatening to damage/destroy property, assault by beating of an emergency worker and common assault of an emergency worker.

He is due to appear at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court today (28 July).

An NHS Property Services spokesperson said: “We received reports of a fire at Fulbourn Health Centre in the early hours of this morning.   

“Thankfully, no one was present at the site at this time, and the local fire service have successfully put out the fire. 

 ““Police have attended the scene and are looking into the possible causes of the fire. We are working with them in this regard, and will do all we can to support their investigations.” 

Arson attack at Fulbourn Health Centre

Arson attack at Fulbourn Health Centre - Credit: NHS

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The spokesperson said they are “proactively engaging” with Dr C M Bennett and Partners and NHS Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group to quickly find alternative accommodation for the practice. 

"For the time being, the practice is re-directing patients to its other surgery at Cornford House,” said the spokesperson. 

“We are working hard to ensure that the practice can continue to provide their important services and to minimise the disruption caused to patients and staff.”