ARREST: Pictures of St Paul's Catholic Church at Glenreagh as it was destroyed by fire on Sunday, May 27. An 18-year-old male was arrested this week over the crime.
ARREST: Pictures of St Paul's Catholic Church at Glenreagh as it was destroyed by fire on Sunday, May 27. An 18-year-old male was arrested this week over the crime. Su Crocker-Salmon

Arrest made over Glenreagh church fire

A TEENAGER will appear in court charged with arson next month following the fire that claimed a historic Coffs Coast church earlier this year.

Emergency services responded to reports of a church on fire on Boundary St, Glenreagh, on Sunday, May 27, just before 5am.

They arrived to find St Paul's Catholic Church completely engulfed in flames.

The fire was extinguished by Fire and Rescue NSW officers, however police said the building was completely destroyed.

Detectives from Coffs/Clarence Police District, with assistance from the Financial Crimes Squad's Arson Unit, established Operation Dwight to investigate the circumstances surrounding the blaze.

Following inquiries, police executed a search warrant at a home at Kungala on Wednesday about 10am and seized several items believed to be stolen.

A short time later, just after 11am, police arrested an 18-year-old male on Taloumbi Rd, Coffs Harbour.

He was taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station and charged with damage property by fire and break and enter house to destroy property.

He was granted conditional bail to appear in the Children's Court on Thursday, September 13.



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