Police appeal for information regarding deliberately lit fires – Riverina

Police are appealing for help from the public as conditions worsen in the state’s south west.

With a number of fires burning in neighbouring police commands, Riverina Police District are issuing a public appeal for anyone with information about recent acts of arson.

NSW Police, closely alongside the NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW, are investigating a number of deliberately lit blazes across the Tumut and Riverina areas.

Riverina Police District Inspector Stephen Radford said the role of the community in stopping these fires cannot be overstated.

“Information provided to police from members of the public can help us identify and suppress fire-bugs before they start lighting,” Inspector Radford said.

“It’s distressing to see so many fires being deliberately lit across the state, particularly with the recent hot and windy conditions.

“I want to urge members of the community – if you see something, say something. If you have suspicions at all and wish to report a crime, don’t take the risk – contact police or Crime Stoppers.”

Police will continue to work closely with partner agencies NSW RFS, Fire and Rescue NSW, National Parks and State Forestry Corporation NSW to enforce total fire bans.

Police will be actively patrolling high risk areas where people congregate, such as the Blowering Dam, to ensure the risks associated with fire ban breaches and illegal fireworks are minimised.

Police are appealing for anyone with information to contact their local police station or call Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au.

Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police Force social media pages.

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