Patient arrested over fire in Eastbourne Hospital ward

A 33-year-old woman has been arrested after a fire was started in Eastbourne District General Hospital.

Fire crews and police were called to a psychiatric ward of the hospital at 21:20 GMT on Monday.

Damage has been caused to the walls, ceiling and equipment in one unoccupied bay of the eight-bay Amberley ward.

The woman, who was a patient in a nearby ward, was arrested on suspicion of committing arson with intent to endanger life.

There are no reports of any injuries and patients were accommodated elsewhere within the unit. The arrested woman remains in police custody.

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