Report firebugs, cops plead
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.