Man in court after Findhorn Foundation eco-community hit by fire

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A man has appeared in court after buildings were destroyed by fire at the Findhorn eco-community in Moray.

Emergency services - including six fire appliances - were called to the Findhorn Foundation on Monday morning.

The foundation said the community centre and main sanctuary were destroyed. No-one was injured.

Joseph Clark, 49, of Elgin, appeared at Inverness Sheriff Court charged with wilful fireraising. He made no plea and was remanded in custody.

About a dozen people were safely evacuated as firefighters tackled the blaze at about 02:00.

The Findhorn Foundation was formally registered as a Scottish charity in 1972, 10 years after it began life with just a single caravan.

The foundation - described as an international spiritual education centre - has welcomed thousands of people from all around the world over the last 59 years.

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