A huge fire in Addington destroyed the multi-million pound mansion of former JLS star Ortise Williams just days after he was cleared of rape, it has been revealed.

Police are now treating yesterday's blaze on Spout Hill, which took ten fire engines and around 70 firefighters to extinguish, as suspected arson.

This morning it emerged that the property belonged to the singer, who was just last week found not guilty of raping a woman in his hotel room following a solo concert.

No arrests have yet been made in relation to the incident.

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Part of the first and second floor of a detached three-storey building were damaged by fire. A small part of the roof was also damaged.

The London Fire Brigade was called at 4.27pm and took them two-and-a-half hours to bring it under control.

Fire crews from Addington, Croydon, Biggin Hill, Purley and surrounding fire stations were at the scene.

Last Tuesday, Jurors at Wolverhampton Crown Court deliberated for around two hours before unanimously acquitting the former Croydon man, who told the jury he had consensual sex with the woman in the city in December 2016.

The prosecution had alleged Williams, 32, tried to have sex with the woman, who cannot be named, and then raped her when she returned to his hotel room to look for her belongings.

The singer told his nine-day hearing that he had a consensual encounter with the complainant, which ended in embarrassment when he was "unable to perform" sexually.

The former boy band member's defence lawyer suggested the woman's complaint to police was influenced by the "extreme reaction" of her friend to being told of the consensual encounter.