A 24-year-old man has been charged with arson after a fire was started at a mental health hospital in Oxford at the weekend.

A ward at Littlemore Mental Health Centre in Sandford Road was evacuated on Saturday after the fire took hold.

No-one was injured, however officers needed treatment for smoke inhalation.

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Jawed Ahmed of Pound Way, Oxford, was arrested in ocnnection with the incident on Tuesday and charged yesterday.

Ahmed has been remanded to appear at Oxford Crown Court on March 22.

A spokesman for Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust said: "There was a contained fire in one of the adult mental health wards at Littlemore Mental Health Centre on Saturday.

"Patients and staff were safely temporarily evacuated from the 21-bed unit to another part of the site and none were injured.

"Our teams worked hard to restore the ward to use and patients were returned within hours of the initial incident.

"We thank fire and police colleagues for their prompt attendance and assistance."