Essex man admits to deliberately setting popular pub on fire

A man from Loughton has admitted to torching The Three Colts pub, which was set alight last month.

Fire crews rushed to the pub in Buckhurst Hill on Saturday, February 6 just before 4.50pm to extinguish the blaze.

Thankfully no one was injured, but the fire cause significant damage to the pub.

48-year-old Spiros Schulz of Eleven Acre Rise, Loughton, Essex, was arrested soon after emergency services arrived at the scene.

Last Monday (March 8), he admitted arson being reckless as to whether life is endangered and breach of a restraining order at Colchester Magistrates Court.

However, he pleaded not guilty to arson with intent to endanger life and that offence will lie on file.

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Schulz is due to be sentenced on April 23 on Monday, April 19 at Chelmsford Crown Court.

The owner of The Three Colts pub has vowed to refurbish and reopen the pub.

Yesterday (Wednesday, March 10) owner Adam Brooks tweeted: “Just come out of a very dusty The Three Colts pub.

“Strip out of carpets, burnt furniture, wood beams and paint render etc. has taken the awful smell out to be honest.

“I can now see how this can be restored, because before it just looked like a horror movie set.”

At the time, the pub itself shared shocking photos of the damage, but tweeted: “We will restore this much loved community pub, to its former glory. Sticking to its traditional look and feel.”

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