Friday, January 21, 2022

More arrests over Old Parliament blaze

Two more men have been charged over their alleged involvement in the deliberate lighting of a fire at Old Parliament House on 30 December.   

Australian Federal Police detectives made the arrests today with the support of ACT Policing and AFP Specialist Protective Command resources in Parkes, ACT.  

  • A 30-year-old Bourke NSW man has been charged with aid/abet arson of a building, deface public property, aiding and abetting the damage of property, assaulting a frontline service worker and resisting a territory public official.
  • A 38-year-old Lindendale NSW man has been charged with assaulting a frontline service worker, obstructing a public official and breach of bail.  

Both men are expected to appear in the ACT Magistrates Court tomorrow morning.  

Two other men and a woman who were arrested at Parliament House this morning were charged with breach of the peace.  

The Operation Pike joint police taskforce is continuing investigations to identify other people involved in the fire and other criminal activity. The joint taskforce has now charged three people for their alleged involvement in the fire at Old Parliament House, the AFP said in a statement this afternoon.

Anyone with information that could assist police in relation to criminal activity in the Parkes, ACT area is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website. Please quote reference 6993036. Information can be provided anonymously. 

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