Police seek public help

POLICE are appealing to the public to help identity a man, who they say can help with investigations into a fire at a Coffs Harbour hotel.

The fire, which was deliberately lit, caused significant damage to the rear door and wall of the premises in the early hours of January 27.

A pile of rubbish and discarded cardboard boxes were ignited and later threatened to spread to the nearby building.

Detectives patrolling the area came across the fire after it had burned for almost 40 minutes extinguishing the flames with a garden hose.

The fire had been lit outside a rear door of the hotel in the Coffs city centre.

Vision from the hotel’s security camera captured the events leading up to the fire and detectives believe the man may have information which could lead to an arrest.

He is thought to be aged between 18 and 22 years of age, of a medium build with dark hair.

At the time he was wearing a blue singlet with an Australian flag on the front, striped board shorts and white skate shoes.

The incident happened after a night of Australia Day celebrations in the city, however the hotel in question was not trading at the time.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Coffs Harbour detectives via the Crimestoppers hotline on 1800 333 000.

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