Arsonists’ $15k damage bill
TWO teenagers have been arrested for allegedly causing up to $15,000 damage to Mossman State High School in a senseless arson attack.
The teenagers, aged 14 and 15, allegedly set fire to 12 wheelie bins, two toilet blocks and outdoor seating facilities on the school grounds in the early hours of Tuesday.
Witnesses spotted the teenagers running from the blaze and kicking bins over at 4am on Tuesday and contacted the Mossman police and fire brigade to put out the blaze.
The teenagers allegedly set the property on fire using an accelerant.
The rampage continued when they allegedly set fire to two seats under a timber building and plastic rubbish bin near the tennis courts, however these had burnt out by the time firies arrived on the scene.
Mossman Detective Sergeant Trevor Perham said the blaze caused significant damage to the buildings and described it as “extreme behaviour” with no logical explanation.
“We have interviewed and charged two Mossman males over the incident,” he said.
“They have been charged with arson, three counts of wilful damage to property, trespassing on school grounds and public nuisance.
“They will be released on bail conditions and are to appear in the Mossman Children’s Court at a later date.
“The moral is that the action of these youths has a detrimental effect on the school environment and the school facilities which are used by the community,” Mr Perham said.
“When the local school suffers, so does the community because the students have less at their disposal.
“The school toilet blocks were significantly damaged and will be out of commission for a fairly long period of time which will affect the school as a disabled toilet was also damage which is quite an important facility at the school.”
Senseless: some of the damage caused by arsonists