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Sheppey farm arson suspect charged

A man has been charged with arson following a fire at a Sheppey farm.

David Staples, 44, of Kingsnorth Road, Gillingham, was also charged with five counts of possessing indecent images.

Mr Staples was remanded in custody following a hearing at Medway Magistrates' Court and is due before Maidstone Crown Court on 26 September.

The fire, which broke out on 3 September at Plough Road, Eastchurch, destroyed stables, 10 tonnes of hay and a toilet block.

No animals were reported to be hurt.

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