Alleged serial arsonist hit with more chargers in New South Wales

An alleged serial arsonist accused of deliberately lighting several fires in the NSW Hunter Region has been charged wth several additional offences following a protracted police investigation.

The 20-year-old was first arrested at the scene of a fire at Lochinvar on Thursday 28 April by officers from Strike Force Billet, formed by the Property Crime Squad’s Arson Unit to investigate more than 100 bushfires in the Cessnock area between August 2015 and April 2016.

Police conducted a search of the man’s vehicle, which was also found at the scene, and allegedly found accelerants and a number of mobile phones.


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The man was taken into custody and charged with several arson offences relating to a number of fires.

It’s alleged the man used the mobile phones to call emergency services to the fires he had lit.

Following further investigations, the man has been charged with several additional offences, including two counts of deliberately lighting scrub fires, damage property by fire, and make false call to emergency service number.

Refused bail, the 20-year-old is expected to appear at Maitland Local Court on Monday 23 May.