Strike force investigates deliberately lit fires at Goulburn

Police are appealing for information as investigations continue into seven separate deliberately lit fires in the Goulburn area late last year.

Between 19 November 2019 and 8 December 2019, seven fires were believed to be lit in the Ross Street, Tully Park, Brewer Street and Gorman Road areas of Goulburn.

Strike Force Cloete was established by The Hume Police District to investigate these fires.

As inquiries continue, detectives are seeking information about three men who were sighted at the time and captured on CCTV within the vicinity of these fires.

Police are appealing for these men to come forward, or for anyone with information to contact police.

The Hume Police District Acting Crime Manager, Detective Acting Inspector Matthew Packham, 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,” A/Insp Packham said.

“It’s distressing to see so many fires being deliberately lit, particularly after recent events in our region.

“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.

“We are also reminding the community that deliberately lighting a fire in this current bushfire period can present a significant and unacceptable risk to both life and property.”

Anyone with information, CCTV or dashcam footage relevant to these incidents is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or Goulburn Police Station via 4824 0799.

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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