City of London employee charged with arson after a fire at a golf course clubhouse meant to be used for homeless

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City of London employee charged with arson after a fire at a golf course clubhouse meant to be used for homeless

A City of London employee has been charged with arson after it is alleged that a fire in a clubhouse at a golf course where the aim was to house homeless people was deliberately set.

Derek Wood, 38, who is an employee of Chartered Management Institute(CMI), was charged by detectives following an investigation by the Metropolitan police’s specialist unit.

Detectives said that Wood has been charged with three counts of arson and two counts of criminal damage with intent to cause cash loss.

Wood, of Orpington, Kent, appeared at City of Westminster magistrates court on Tuesday. He was remanded in custody to appear at Westminster magistrates court on 3 March.

Jane Holland, the City of London Corporation’s director of external relations, said: “We are absolutely shocked by the events and we are doing everything we can to support our employees during this difficult time. As a City institution we have a strong welfare policy and the welfare of our colleagues is of the utmost importance.”

Under Section 32 of the City of London Corporation’s Human Resources Policy and Handbook for employees, employees need to report any personal injuries or harm suffered as a result of their employment to the employer on or before 24 hours after the event.

Before beginning employment with the corporation, any employer’s employee must be given a “prevention of future harm” policy and must advise the employer of any significant change in his or her health, safety or behaviour, to enable an assessment of the effects of any potential changes in employment which may have adverse effects on that person’s physical and mental health.

A City of London Corporation spokeswoman said: “Our primary concern is ensuring the wellbeing of our employees during this difficult time. We have already offered our colleague legal, counselling and restorative support. We will do all we can to support this employee and to provide the full support of City of London Corporation to any employer or employee affected by this unfortunate incident.”

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