Aus­tralia Day ar­son charges

Canning Gazette - - CRIME WATCH -

AS­COT

PO­LICE have charged a man over a fire in As­cot on Aus­tralia Day.

Strike Force Vul­can de­tec­tives al­lege about 3pm on Jan­uary 26, the man set fire to a small tree on the verge of Grand­stand Road, in close prox­im­ity to houses back­ing onto the road.

As the man ap­proached the Gar­ratt Road Bridge, it is al­leged he crossed to the other side and set fire to a large sec­tion of bam­boo plants next to a Western Power sta­tion.

Depart­ment of Fire and Emer­gency Ser­vices ex­tin­guished both fires.

The 36-year-old man from Bel­mont was been charged with two counts of wil­fully light­ing a fire likely to in­jure or cause dam­age.

The max­i­mum penalty is 20 years in prison.

He ap­peared be­fore the Perth Mag­is­trates Court. ap­peal for in­for­ma­tion from the public to help iden­tify the per­son re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing racist ma­te­rial that has been found in public ar­eas of Bel­mont and River­vale.

Sim­i­lar items have been lo­cated in these ar­eas since 2018.

Po­lice want to speak to any­one with in­for­ma­tion that may as­sist in iden­ti­fy­ing the per­son re­spon­si­ble for cre­at­ing these items.

If any­one has CCTV cap­tur­ing the per­son, or lo­cates sim­i­lar items, they should con­tact Crime Stop­pers.

Quote ref­er­ence num­ber 12640.

The pair drove away at speed, with a mem­ber of public driv­ing a 4WD or SUV, fol­low­ing the stolen ve­hi­cle on to Lich­field Street.

The stolen ve­hi­cle has since been re­cov­ered.

Po­lice would like to speak any­one with in­for­ma­tion, in­clud­ing the man that at­tempted to fol­low the stolen ve­hi­cle.

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