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Youths arrested after setting fire during Total Fire Ban – Kingscliff

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Two youths have been arrested after allegedly setting a fire during a Total Fire Ban in Kingscliff earlier this week.

About 1pm on Monday (11 November, 2019), two teenage boys entered scrubland adjacent to Casuarina Way, Kingscliff – between a paved cycleway and the ocean.

The boys allegedly gathered paper, dry leaves and vegetation and ignited it using a cigarette lighter.

A man using the cycle path, observed smoke rising from the scrubland.

Upon entering the scrubland, he saw the two boys standing near the fire, upon which the boys fled towards the beach.

The man attempted to put out the fire before contacting NSW Fire and Rescue.

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District attended and spoke with the man and seized evidence which led to identification of the two boys, aged 13 and 14.

They have since been dealt with under the Young Offenders Act.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.


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8 COMMENTS

  1. Throw the book at the little buggers. Perhaps a stretch working with the firies might give them an understanding of the possible results of their actions. And make them pay for the costs involved in putting out their fire. Sheesh. I bet their parents are proud.

  2. Young people that are caught lighting fires need to be shown a charred corpse and a burnt out home so that they can see the connection between lighting a fire and its consequences.Anything else is a waste of time

  3. Get those boys doing community service…working as support/cleanup/assistance with local fire services so they can learn about the consequences of their actions.

  4. These boys need to spend time fighting fires with the fires one day…or spend time with families who have lost lives…that’ll teach em a thing or two about repercussions…

  5. What goes through their minds to do that?

    Friday 15th. Another Total Fire Ban day. Another day with more deliberately lit bushfires. Today the worst one is at Ebor. Penalties are not strong enough. Investigations do not commence early enough. The RFS is repeatedly reluctant to acknowledge a problem with bushfire arson or even reckless use of fire.

    If I were to go psycho with a knife, a gun, a car or a bulldozer and cause as much mayhem, carnage, death and destruction I would be charged with all sorts of criminal offences and could expect harsh penalties in the courts. So why is the reckless or deliberate malicious use of fire looked upon so leniently by Police, RFS and courts? Time to change. The loss, death, trauma, anguish, expense, the cruel loss of stock and wildlife needs to be acknowledged and punished accordingly. Biodiversity is being lost by these events.

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