Man in court over Highland hotel fire

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A 24-year-old man appeared in private at Inverness Sheriff Court in connection with a fire at a Highland hotel.

Firefighters rushed to the scene of the West Highland Hotel in Mallaig on Monday evening to tackle a blaze that left the family-run establishment badly damaged.

Jack Salter from Fort William appeared before Sheriff David Sutherland, represented by Inverness solicitor advocate Mike Chapman.

He made no plea to three charges, was committed for further examination and released on bail.

Salter is accused of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner towards a woman on January 3, 2022 in Mallaig.

It is also alleged that he broke into the hotel and stole a jigsaw power tool, a number of photographs in frames and a number of keys.

The third charge alleges that he wilfully set fire to the interior of the hotel and caused extensive damage to the interior and structure of the hotel.

The owners of the hotel, Gavin and Sine Davis, took to social media to thank the local community for rallying together in their hour of need.

It is understood a man was restrained by local residents for around an hour until police arrived to make an arrest.

CAPTION: Inverness Sheriff Court sits at Inverness Justice Centre, pictured.