A man will face court Friday, charged over allegedly deliberately lighting a bushfire in the Lake Macquarie region.
Detectives from Strike Force Wollybutt, with the assistance of officers from Police Transport Command, arrested a 25-year-old man around 9.30am Thursday near Victoria Street Railway Station in East Maitland.
He was taken to Maitland Police Station, where he was charged with intentionally cause fire and be reckless as to its spread, receive/dispose stolen property, and goods suspected stolen.
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Police will allege in court that the man deliberately lit fire, with 22 points of ignition identified across four areas of the fire ground.
Police will also allege in court that the man was in possession of and disposed of stolen bankcards in a bin at Fassifern Railway Station.
The man was refused bail and is due to appear at Maitland Local Court on Friday.
The Financial Crimes Squad’s Arson Unit commenced an investigation under Strike Force Wollybutt after emergency services were called to a a suspicious fire in bushland near Fassifern Railway Station just after 5.30pm on Thursday, January 3. The fire was extinguished, and no one was injured.
Penalties relating to bushfires under the NSW Crimes Act, the Rural Fires Act, and Rural Fires Regulation include samaging property with the intention of endangering life, which carries a penalty of up to 25 years imprisonment, and starting a bushfire and being reckless as to its spread, with a penalty up to 21 years imprisonment.
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