No leads on Royal cul­prit

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

PO­LICE are no closer to find­ing the cul­prit who burned down Moss­man’s Royal Ho­tel.

Moss­man Po­lice De­tec­tive Sergeant Trevor Per­ham said foren­sic ev­i­dence was gath­ered the day af­ter the his­toric ho­tel burned down on Septem­ber 29.

“The struc­ture was un­sta­ble and un­safe and there were chil­dren run­ning around the area,” he said.

“Beams were fall­ing down.

The foren­sic ex­am­i­na­tion con­cluded the fire was lit in­side the build­ing and ruled out nat­u­ral causes, con­firm­ing that the fire is sus­pi­cious.

“Hundreds of Moss­man res­i­dents have been spo­ken to by po­lice, but the cause still re­mains un­known and sus­pi­cious,” Sgt Per­ham said.

“There were no ob­vi­ous nat­u­ral causes, and le­git­i­mate ac­ci­den­tal causes have been elim­i­nated, which only leaves hu­man in­ter­ven­tion.

“There were a lot of peo­ple who saw and heard some­thing they thought may have been rel­e­vant to the fire and po­lice fol­lowed up those pos­si­ble leads,” Sergeant Per­ham said.

“All lines of in­quiry have been ex­hausted and we are seek­ing fur­ther in­for­ma­tion to progress the in­for­ma­tion.”

If you have any in­for­ma­tion about the fire con­tact the Moss­man po­lice on 4098 2177 or Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

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