Arrest In Whangamata School Arson
Title: Arrest In Whangamata School Arson
A school student has appeared in court in relation to a
suspicious fire at a Coromandel school last week that caused
several thousand dollars worth of damage.
Sergeant Martyn Hughes of the Thames-Coromandel CIB said a
joint Police and NZ Fire Service investigation established
that the cause of the fire at the Whangamata Area School on
14 November was the reckless use of matches.
"As a result
a 17-year-old male student from the school was charged with
arson and appeared in the Thames District Court yesterday.
"The man was bailed to reappear in the Waihi District
Court at a yet to be determined date next month and Waikato
Police would like to thank the local Whangamata community
for all their assistance during this enquiry."
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