POLICE investigating a serious fire at a school in Northwich have charged a man in relation to the incident.

The fire at the University of Chester Academy Northwich (UCAN) was reported at 6am on Sunday (February 25).

Firefighters from Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service, a total of 12 fire engines, spent several hours tackling the blaze, while officers from Cheshire Police assisted with road closures in the area.

Following an investigation Philip Day, 55, of Saltash Close, Runcorn, was arrested in relation to the incident, he has subsequently been charged with arson with intent.

Day has been remanded in police custody and is set to appear at North Cheshire Magistrates’ Court tomorrow.

Anyone with information that could assist officers is asked to call 101, quoting incident 174 of 25 February 2018. Information can also be passed anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

A spokesman for Cheshire Fire and Rescue Service said: "Crews used several mains jet and hose reels to tackle the fires, and breathing apparatus due to concerns of potential asbestos.

"Crews had contained the fires within around three hours, and are expected to remain at the scene for most of today to dampen down and make the site safe."

The University of Chester Academies Trust has both primary and secondary academies in the North West with the values and ethos of the University of Chester. The link with the university provides a range of opportunities for pupils.