Man charged with Christmas Eve arson attacks

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A Hemel man has appeared in court charged with three separate counts of arson which all occurred on December 24 last year.

Patrick MacDonagh, 51, of Randalls Ride, appeared at Hatfield Remand Court on Tuesday and is due to appear at St Albans Magistrates Court on August 1.

He was arrested that same day.

The court heard that MacDonagh is alleged to have set fire to a rubbish bin belonging to Park Resorts in the underground car park of Charter Court, Midland Road, Hemel Hempstead.

He is also accused of setting fire to a rubbish skip at the rear of a business premises in Waterhouse Street, Hemel Hempstead.

And it is claimed that he started a fire in the doorway of a loading bay at Lord Alexander House in Waterhouse Street.