Ar­son­ists’ $15k dam­age bill

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - SAM SMALLBONE

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

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