Arrest In Whangamata School Arson

Posted by Gold FM on 20/11/2012

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A school student has appeared in court in relation to a suspicious fire at Whangamata Area School last week that caused several thousand dollars worth of damage.

Detective 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 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 youth 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.