Appeal for information following alleged arson incidents - Metford and Raymond Terrace

Wednesday, 11 January 2023 10:48:55 AM

Police are appealing for public assistance as investigations continue into two alleged arson incidents at Metford and Raymond Terrace last year.

About 3.40am on Monday 22 August 2022, police have been told that a party bus parked at Streeton Drive, Metford, was allegedly set alight, causing significant damage to the bus.

About 4am on Tuesday 20 September 2022, a second party bus parked at Kuranga Avenue, Raymond Terrace, was allegedly set on fire, resulting in the vehicle being destroyed.

Officers from Port Stephens-Hunter Police District commenced an investigation under Strike Force Debercant into the circumstances surrounding the fires.

As part of ongoing investigations, detectives have released images of a person they wish to speak with regarding their inquiries.

He has been described as being of Caucasian appearance, of medium to solid build, approximately 180-185cm tall and aged in his 40s.

Detectives have also released CCTV footage of a Nissan X-Trail seen in Metford and would like to speak with the driver, who may be able to assist police with their inquiries.

Anyone with information or dashcam footage from the area is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.