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Peckforton Castle: Bridegroom charged over fire

Peckforton Castle
Image caption Peckforton Castle is a luxury wedding venue and has been used as a film set

A bridegroom has been charged after a fire at a country house hotel in Cheshire.

The blaze broke out at Peckforton Castle, near Tarporley, just before 0500 BST on Sunday.

Max Kay, 36, of Hunts Cross in Liverpool, is charged with arson and arson with intent to endanger life, a spokeswoman for Cheshire Police said.

He has been remanded in custody and is due to appear before South Cheshire magistrates in Crewe on Tuesday.

The Grade I-listed property, a 19th-century country house built in the style of a castle, is used as a hotel and venue for weddings and conferences.

All staff and around 70 guests at the hotel were safely evacuated with the help of 100 firefighters.

More than 20 fire engines were at the scene on Sunday with Cheshire Fire Service assisted by colleagues from Merseyside, Shropshire and North Wales.

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