WANTED: Police are looking for this man.
WANTED: Police are looking for this man.

Leads heat up in arsonist search

KEMPSEY detectives are following a number of leads in the hope of bringing a suspected arsonist to justice for lighting a fire, which caused $1.8 million damage.

The deliberately lit fire razed three businesses to the ground in Belgrave Street about 8.05pm on November 28, last year.

The Coffs Coast Advocate last Saturday ran an image of the suspect and following the public appeal Kempsey detectives say they’ve received several promising leads.

“The information from members of the public is being investigated.

“A number of those leads are credible and should help in identifying the man in the footage,” Detective Sergeant David Frewin said.

“Several lines of inquiry are also being looked into and they could well help us to make an arrest,” he said.

Investigators believe the fire was lit in a pile of tyres in the yard of the Beaurepaires auto centre in Belgrave Street.

The flames engulfed the tyre franchise before spreading to The Silver Dollar Saddlery and Kempsey’s Farmer’s Market.

Mid North Coast detectives say security footage taken at a nearby supermarket has placed the man at the scene and investigators are now

a step closer to finding out his identity.

Further information can be passed on to Kempsey Detectives on 02 6563 7199 or Crimestoppers on 1800 333 000.

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