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Birmingham man in court after arts group centre fire

Fire damage to Ulfah Arts Image copyright ulfah arts
Image caption The fire at Ulfah Arts in Birmingham happened on 20 May

A man has appeared in court charged with arson after a fire at a community arts group centre.

The fire happened at Ulfah Arts in Highgate Square, Birmingham, in the early hours on 20 May.

Leon Smythe, 40, from Washington Street in the city, was charged with arson - recklessly endangering life.

He appeared at Birmingham Magistrates' Court on Monday and was remanded in custody to appear at the city's Crown Court on 18 August.

Mr Smythe has also been charged with breach of bail.

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