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Monday, June 17, 2024

Police appeal for public help as they investigate suspicious blazes

NSW Police are appealing for public assistance as they investigate the cause of several bushfires on the state’s Mid North Coast last week.

At around 4pm last Tuesday, emergency services were called to McGuires Crossing Road at Belmore River – about 15km east of Kempsey – following reports of a bushfire.

The fire, which has been brought under control, has burnt through nearly 3,000 hectares of bushland in the Hat Head National Park.

“There are no current threats, and the fire remains at Advice level. No injuries have been reported,” NSW Police said in a statement today.

Under Strike Force Tronto, detectives from the Financial Crime Squad’s Arson Unit, with assistance from officers from the Mid North Coast Police District, commenced an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the blaze, which is believed to be suspicious.

“As inquiries continue, detectives are keen to speak with the driver of a white Nissan Patrol tabletop utility, with a broken taillight, which was seen in the area about 3pm that day.”

Detectives are also investigating if the fire has any links to blazes that occurred on Lighthouse Road at Arakoon, Maria River Road at Crescent Head, and Crescent Head Road at Crescent Head, which occurred between 6am and 8am on the same day.

Any witnesses or anyone with further information is urged to come forward.

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