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Appeal for information after arson attack - Bellingen

Monday, 29 March 2021 02:28:39 PM

Police are appealing for public assistance following a suspected arson attack which injured a man on the state’s Mid North Coast.

About 1am last Monday (22 March 2021), emergency services responded to reports of a fire on Ringwood Place, Bellingen, which caused extensive damage.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Police District attended and were told a resident of the home, a 53-year-old man, was awoken by someone banging on his front door and loungeroom window.

Police have been told the resident observed an unknown man throw an object – which was alight – through the loungeroom window.

The 53-year-old sustained minor burns to his legs while extinguishing the fire, several minutes before NSW Fire and Rescue crews arrived at the scene – he did not require hospital treatment.

The man is believed to be aged in his late teens to early 20s, with a thin build. He was wearing dark pants, a dark hooded jumper and a red and white T-shirt. It’s believed the man may have injuries to his hands from the incident.

Anyone with information is urged to contact Coffs/Clarence Police District or 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 crime via NSW Police social media pages.