Tamworth man arrested in relation to George Bryan Centre fire

Tuesday, 12th February 2019

STAFFORDSHIRE police have confirmed that they have arrested a man in relation to the fire at Mile Oak’s George Bryan Centre.

Emergency services rushed to the scene shortly after 9.00pm yesterday evening (Monday 11 February) when the fire was initially reported.

Staffordshire Police confirmed shortly before 1.00am this morning (Tuesday) that they had detained a 43-year-old man from Tamworth in connection to the blaze.

READ MORE: See our timeline of the incident

Fortunatley, there have been no reports of injuries at the scene.  It has been confirmed that all patients and staff got out of the building safely.

The George Bryan Centre offers inpatient support for patients suffering from mental ill-health and sits in the grounds of Sir Robert Peel Hospital, off Watling Street.

The site is run by the Midlands Partnership NHS Foundation Trust who have not commented on the situation at this time.

It is understood that all patients were transported to other local medical centres.

Our thoughts are with all involved and we wish all the patients the best at this time.

The scene at the George Bryan Centre and Sir Robert Peel Hospital. Credit: Dr0newerks

The scene at the George Bryan Centre and Sir Robert Peel Hospital. Credit: Dr0newerks

A JustGiving crowdfunding page has now been set up by a local resident, Amie Williams,  to help raise funds for the unit.  Anyone who wishes to donate can do so here.