Pad­dles: I have noth­ing left

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

A man whose home was razed to the ground dur­ing a sus­pi­cious car­a­van fire in Mangakino last week­end is dev­as­tated at his loss.

The Mangakino Fire Bri­gade were called to the sus­pi­cious car­a­van fire in the town at the week­end and when ar­riv­ing were con­fronted by an armed oc­cu­pant who would not let them en­ter the prop­erty to fight the fire.

The Ro­torua armed of­fend­ers squad were called and a 63-year-old man was ar­rested. He will face firearms re­lated charges in Toko­roa Dis­trict Court.

The car­a­van was com­pletely de­stroyed as a re­sult of the de­lay and De­tec­tive Rick Ru­dolph said the man faced fur­ther charges re­lat­ing to the fire, how­ever, ex­ten­sive in­quiries are be­ing car­ried out.

The oc­cu­pier of the car­a­van, a man known as ‘‘Pad­dles’’ who had been liv­ing in Mangakino for the last four months said: ‘‘My prop­erty was de­stroyed. My car­a­van, all of my per­sonal be­long­ings, my other ute, which is fix­able but it has been dam­aged.’’

The avid white­baiter lost ev­ery­thing in­clud­ing pho­to­graphs, clothes and wet­suits.

‘‘ Pad­dles’’ said he stayed in Toko­roa on Satur­day and when he went back to Mangakino on Sun­day morn­ing, his home was razed to the ground.

‘‘I got back in Mangakino on Sun­day and there were cops ev­ery­where. I have noth­ing. All I have are the clothes that I am stand­ing in,’’ he said.

‘‘ Pad­dles’’ said he would ap­pre­ci­ate some help from the community.

‘‘I need a trailer to move some of my stuff.’’

Toko­roa Po­lice are also in­ves­ti­gat­ing a se­ries of sus­pi­cious fires on Kelso and Jed­burg Streets be­tween 3am and 3.45am last Fri­day.

The acts saw Kelso Su­perette’s two rub­bish bins and the post box out­side the shop de­lib­er­ately set on fire.

Mr Ru­dolph said that there are ex­ten­sive in­quiries to be com­pleted but be­lieves the fires were set by the same per­son.

If you have any in­for­ma­tion contact Mr Ru­dolph on 886 5189.

OR­DEAL: Mangakino res­i­dent ‘‘Pad­dles’’ lost ev­ery­thing in a car­a­van fire last week.

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