City of London staff member charged with arson at homeless club

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lee Robinson, 31, allegedly poured lighter fluid on the club car park before setting it alight A financial adviser at a leading City fund manager has been charged…

City of London staff member charged with arson at homeless club

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Lee Robinson, 31, allegedly poured lighter fluid on the club car park before setting it alight

A financial adviser at a leading City fund manager has been charged with arson after allegedly starting a fire in a clubhouse at a country club linked to homeless people.

Lee Robinson, 31, allegedly poured lighter fluid on the club car park at Watergate Hill Golf Club, in Acton, west London, before setting it alight.

The club – a member of the City of London Corporation – caters for some of London’s homeless.

Robinson works at a company owned by the City of London Corporation, which manages its riverside property portfolio.

Image copyright Surrey Police Image caption Three other suspects were arrested on suspicion of arson earlier in the day

Police used CCTV and anti-vehicle barriers to track the suspects down.

The clubhouse was evacuated, but no-one was injured.

It is understood that the club is used for both gambling and recreational activities and is open to the public.

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Robinson was due to appear at West London Magistrates’ Court on Sunday morning

All three suspects were released on bail to appear at the same court on Sunday morning.

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