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12-year-old charged after alleged involvement in Central West shopping centre fires

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By staff writer

A boy will face court today (Wednesday) charged after several small fires were allegedly deliberately lit in a shopping centre at the weekend. Staff responded to a small fire in a store in Dubbo about 3.50pm on Saturday, and immediately evacuated the business, police said. Fire and Rescue NSW responded and examined the location; police were told the fires had been deliberately lit in four different locations. "Officers from Orana Mid-Western Police District were alerted and commenced an investigation," said police.

"Following inquiries, officers arrested a 12-year-old boy about 12.45pm yesterday, and took him to Dubbo Police Station where he was charged with destroy property in company use fire."

The boy was refused bail to appear at a children’s court today.

Orana Mid-Western Police District commander, superintendent Danny Sullivan, said incidents such as these were of great concern to police.

“The staff responded quickly and appropriately and, as a consequence, everyone was evacuated safely and without injury,” Sullivan said.

“We ask that anyone with information about incidents such as these to contact Dubbo Police."


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