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Man arrested over Kent and Sussex hospital fires

Fire at Crawley hospital
Image caption The fire in the linen room at the Crawley Hospital was quickly contained, the fire service said

A 34-year-old man has been arrested by Kent Police in connection with a series of fires and thefts in Kent and Sussex.

Three fires in Brighton on Sunday and Monday caused minimal damage, but cash was stolen from unattended tills.

A blaze at Crawley Hospital was reported just after 13:00 BST on Tuesday, as money was stolen from the restaurant.

There were also fires at the Medway Maritime and Kent and Canterbury hospitals.

The first fire was at 14:00 BST on Sunday at The Royal Albion Hotel in Old Stein in Brighton.

A fire at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery started just after noon on Monday and at 16:30 a small fire was discovered at the Sealife Centre.

After the three Brighton fires when staff returned to the buildings they discovered money had been taken from the tills.

On Tuesday all staff and patients at Crawley Hospital had to be evacuated after the fire in a store room on the Comet ward.

During the fire a small amount of cash was taken from the till in the hospital restaurant, Sussex Police said.

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