Man held over fire and theft
POLICE allege a man set fire to his house in Morley before threatening staff at a butcher’s shop across the road with an axe and stealing meat.
Emergency services were sent to the scene about 8.50am yesterday following reports of a house fire on Morley Drive.
A shirtless man in his 40s, who neighbours said lived at the house with his wife and children, was arrested just minutes later outside the property, which was destroyed by fire.
Police will allege moments after starting the fire the man walked to the nearby butchers on the corner of Crimea Street and Morley Drive wielding an axe. No one was injured in either incident.
Acting Inspector Paul Tolan said the house was “extensively damaged”.
The owner of the butcher shop said the man allegedly held the axe just centimetres from his face and demanded pork.
A customer was inside the shop during the hold-up.
Double trouble: Police attend the scene of the fire in Morley.