Three teens charged over bushfire - The Ponds

Friday, 17 November 2023 11:40:59 PM

Police have charged three teenage boys with deliberately lighting a fire in Sydney’s northwest last month.

In November 2023, detectives attached to Riverstone Police Area Command established Strike Force Clennam to investigate a series of deliberately lit bushfires in and around The Ponds bushland between October and November 2023.

About 7pm on Sunday 29 October 2023, emergency services were called to Peel Reserve bushland following reports of a large bushfire.

Fire and Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the blaze before any nearby properties were damaged.

Police commenced an investigation into the cause of the fire, and about 11am today (Friday 17 November 2023), police arrested three teenage boys – two aged 14 and the third aged 16.

They were taken to Riverstone Police Station where they were all charged with intentionally cause fire and be reckless as to its spread and shoplifting.

The 16-year-old boy was charged with an additional charge of possess unauthorised pistol.

They were granted strict conditional bail to appear before a children’s court on Tuesday 28 November 2023.

Investigations under Strike Force Clennam continue.