Re­port fire­bugs, cops plead

North West Telegraph - - News - Sy­narah Mur­phy

Mem­bers of the com­mu­nity have been urged to re­port any sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour by pos­si­ble fire­bugs to au­thor­i­ties, af­ter a large num­ber of fires off the Great North­ern High­way this month.

South Hed­land de­tec­tives Sergeant Greg McDon­ald said ar­son­ists would be pros­e­cuted.

“Our po­lice and emer­gency ser­vice re­sources are fi­nite and are stretched across a large area and acts of ar­son put fur­ther pres­sure on these re­sources,” he said.

“I urge the com­mu­nity to take note of any­thing they see which is out of the or­di­nary, par­tic­u­larly the move­ment of peo­ple and ve­hi­cles in bush­land.

“My mes­sage is that peo­ple com­mit­ting these acts will be found and pros­e­cuted to the full ex­tent of the law.” Mayor Camilo Blanco ad­vised com­mu­nity mem­bers to act re­spon­si­bly and re­port ar­son­ists to the au­thor­i­ties.

“It is the height of crim­i­nal­ity to de­lib­er­ately light a fire, as the con­se­quences to lives and liveli­hoods couldn’t be higher.

“There have been re­ports of sus­pi­cious be­hav­iour in South Hed­land in re­cent days, so my mes­sage to would-be of­fend­ers is that we are on the look­out.”

An on­go­ing $50,000 re­ward is of­fered for in­for­ma­tion which leads to the con­vic­tion of a per­son for an ar­son-re­lated of­fence. In­for­ma­tion can be anony­mously pro­vided to Crime Stop­pers on 1800 333 000.

Peo­ple com­mit­ting these acts will be found and pros­e­cuted to the full ex­tent of the law. Mayor Camilo Blanco

A fire burn­ing nearPar­doo Road­house.

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