Po­lice step up ar­son pa­trols

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

Toko­roa po­lice are in­creas­ing pa­trols on the El­iz­a­beth Drive to de­ter fur­ther ar­sons, fol­low­ing the fifth at­tack on a res­i­den­tial home on the street.

Last week South Waikato News in­ter­viewed home owner Kristy Gor­don af­ter the fourth ar­son at­tack, which gut­ted the lounge part of her home. Ms Gor­don and her two pri­mary school- aged daugh­ters lived at the ad­dress, but had to move to a rel­a­tive’s home af­ter the first at­tack.

Ms Gor­don said she had her sus­pi­cions about who may be be­hind the at­tacks and had di­vulged the in­for­ma­tion to po­lice.

The fires have oc­curred be­tween May 16 and June 10.

De­tec­tive sergeant Ke­van Verry said the fires had been de­lib­er­ately lit and oc­curred at dif­fer­ent times of the day.

‘‘While we have a large amount of in­for­ma­tion about the events we still be­lieve that peo­ple in our com­mu­nity have fur­ther in­for­ma­tion about who is re­spon­si­ble for th­ese fires and we urge those peo­ple to con­tact us – any in­for­ma­tion can be in con­fi­dence,’’ Mr Verry said.

Po­lice are urg­ing res­i­dents to con­tact them if they no­tice any­thing sus­pi­cious.

‘‘If any­body sees peo­ple they be­lieve are act­ing sus­pi­ciously please con­tact the po­lice im­me­di­ately and a re­sponse unit will in­ves­ti­gate it fur­ther . . . De­tec­tives will con­tinue to in­ves­ti­gate the case.’’

Any­one with in­for­ma­tion rel­e­vant to this in­ves­ti­ga­tion is asked to con­tact Toko­roa Po­lice on 078 850 123.

Al­ter­na­tively in­for­ma­tion can be pro­vided anony­mously via Crimestop­pers on 0800 555 111.

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