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Police arrest man over Kingscliff foreshore fire

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Police have arrested a man who allegedly deliberately lit a fire that stretched 70 metres along the foreshore at Kingscliff yesterday morning (Sunday, December 3).

About 1.10am police noticed heavy smoke coming from the beach area opposite the Kingscliff Police Station.

North on Marine Parade they saw a cloud of smoke so thick that it obscured visibility.

As police approached the intersection of Beach Street, they said the glow from the fire could be seen close to a beach access point on Jack Bayliss Park

Continuing on foot, police saw the large fire about five metres south of the beach access point. It was well alight in the bushland between the sand and foreshore park fence, covering an area about 70 metres along the foreshore fence line and about 4-5 metres deep.

There were also three smaller spot fires leading to the major fire.

Police spoke to two people at the scene. One, a 31-year-old male has been charged with two counts of setting fires and refused bail to appear at Tweed Heads Local Court. A second person is still wanted by Police.

 


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