Fire at Batchwood Golf and Tennis Centre

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News release: 10 August 2011
2011-08-11 Batchwood Fire Homepage

A fire at Batchwood Golf and Tennis Centre in St Albans in the early hours of Wednesday 10 August  has destroyed most of the building.  No one was hurt.  The Council is helping the police and fire services with their investigation.

The fire is not thought to be connected to public order disturbances elsewhere in the country.

The fire is thought to have started well after the adjacent night club had closed for the evening.

Cllr Mike Wakely, Portfolio Holder for Sports, Leisure and Heritage at St Albans City and District Council said:  “Thankfully it seems that no one has been hurt in last night’s Batchwood Golf and Tennis Centre fire.  Council officers have been on site since early this morning, supporting police and fire officers, assessing the damage and securing the site.  It is a terrible shame to have lost a fine sports centre in this way.”

Update 11 August:  See Hertfordshire Constabulary press release on four arrests following a fire in Batchwood.

Update 12 August:  The golf course at Batchwood is now open.  Golfers should make their way to the 1st tee.