Hereford & Worcester

Ledbury arsonist pleads guilty to Talbot Hotel fire

A man from Herefordshire has admitted setting fire to a hotel in Ledbury.

Shane Bird, 22, of Aston Close, Ledbury, set fire to the 16th Century Talbot Hotel in March 2009, Worcester Crown Court heard.

Guests and hotel workers were unhurt, but the building was nearly destroyed by the fire and has since been rebuilt.

Bird also pleaded guilty earlier to six counts of arson that endangered life and was remanded in custody until 19 July for pre-sentencing reports.

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