Police link hospital blazes

Police forces in the south east are investigating after a spate of suspected arson incidents in Sussex and Kent.

There have been two blazes at Kent hospitals in two days and police in Sussex are investigating four incidents there, including a fire at Crawley Hospital.

The fire at Crawley Hospital on Tuesday lunchtime was the first hospital fire. It started in a store cupboard on Comet Ward on the 6th floor. All patients and visitor safely evacuated. Cash was later found to have been stolen from the till in the hospital restaurant.

Fire two was yesterday on the second floor of the Medway Maritime Hospital. Five fire engines were called to that. The police are treating it as suspicious, but there are no reports of anything stolen at this stage.

Hospital fire number three was today, 30th August at the Kent and Canterbury Hospital. A fire started on the second floor at around 2pm. There, police are investigating a reported theft from the hospital's restaurant while the fire was being dealt with.

But that's not the end of the story.

Police think the Crawley Hospital fire is linked to three other fires in Sussex. One was at the Royal Albion Hotel on Brighton seafront on Sunday afternoon, another at The Brighton Museum and Art Gallery on Monday - and the third at The Sealife Centre in Brighton later that same afternoon. In all three cases, cash was stolen from tills while the building was being evacuated.

It's still early days for the inquiries. Police will be checking CCTV from all locations involved as they continue to investigate potential links between the fires. Anyone with information is being asked to contact police as a matter of urgency.

No-one's been hurt in any of the fires so far but police fear that could change unless the culprits are swiftly identified.