A FORMER Captain of Portsmouth Port has been bailed by police after being arrested on suspicion of arson.
Clifford Caughey, 82, known locally as John, was arrested by police following the dramatic scenes at Emsworth Sailing Club on Tuesday morning.
Mr Caughey, who lives in Emsworth, was the commanding officer of HMS Fife from 1982 to 1984 and has been a member of the historic club for more than 20 years.
He was also captain of the Portsmouth Port and Queen’s Harbour Master from May 1980 to February 1982.
The Volvo car that smashed into the club was estimated to be travelling at up to 70mph along Bath Road and left a huge hole in the building.
It burst into flames and severely damaged the north room of the club.
Jim Pusey, a spokesman for Hampshire police, said: ‘The 82-year-old driver remains in hospital following this incident and has been bailed until May 28 pending further enquiries.’