Nottingham

Rushcliffe Arena fire: Boy, 17, charged with arson

Smoke plume over West Bridgford
Image caption A smoke plume could be seen for miles around

A teenage boy has been charged with causing a major fire at a leisure centre undergoing a multi-million pound redevelopment.

Rushcliffe Arena in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, was closed when the fire broke out on 13 September, 2015.

A 17-year-old boy has been charged with arson and bailed to appear magistrates in Nottingham on 16 May.

Rushcliffe Borough Council put the cost of repairing the damage at more than £200,000.

The leisure centre remains closed but the new facilities are set to open in January.

Image caption The fire damaged building work at the leisure centre

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