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Man charged over Ashbourne Leisure Centre fire

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

Man charged over Ashbourne Leisure Centre fire

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A TEENAGER from Ashbourne has been charged in connection with a fire that put Ashbourne’s swimming pool out of use for the summer.

Konrad Stoch, 18, from Highfield Road, is due to appear in Derby Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday, September 24 charged with arson not endangering life.

Two other teenagers, a 16-year-old boy and an 18-year-old man, were also arrested shortly after the fire broke out at the rear of the building on Saturday, July 26 but have been released without charge.

The blaze damaged equipment in the Clifton Road building’s plant room that runs the heating and filtration system for the swimming pool – which was immediately closed and has still not been re-opened.

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A newly revamped, lottery-funded “changing village” at the district council-owned building, which had been previewed by councillors the day before, was unaffected by the fire and other parts of the leisure centre, including the gym and main hall, were kept open.

No update has been given by the authority on the pool’s long-awaited re-opening, as contractors are waiting for the arrival of parts from the continent to repair the machinery.

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