POLICE hunting a firebug have called for drivers who slowed down or stopped near a fire at Lake View Road on Wednesday to come forward after a flood of information was received by officers yesterday.
Nanjing Night Net

Warrnambool detectives called for information from the public yesterday in the search for an arsonist who is suspected of lighting 15 fires in the Koroit district since January 2 this year.

Detective Sergeant Lee Porter, of the Warrnambool police crime investigation unit, was delighted with the community response to a plea for the one vital piece of information which could lead to an arrest.

“As a result of The Standard front page story yesterday, Warrnambool police detectives can reported receiving a lot of phone calls from the public in relation to the Koroit fires,” he said.

“However, that flood of information has created another problem.”

Detective Sergeant Porter said police had received information in relation to details of cars which were seen either stopped or slowing down at or near the scene of the fire.

The fire occurred along Lake View Road on Wednesday about 5.05pm.

“We are calling for the drivers of those vehicles who may have stopped or slowed along this section of road on Wednesday, so that we can eliminate them from the investigation,” Detective Sergeant Porter said.

“We don’t want to be wasting time and resources on tracking these cars down,” he said.

“The drivers of these cars can help the police and the community greatly by contacting us.

“Their phone calls will be greatly appreciated,” he said.

Police yesterday urged the community to provide the one crucial piece of evidence that could lead to a breakthrough in catching the Koroit district firebug.

Detective Sergeant Porter said information and support from the community would be a key element in arresting the offender.

Since January 2 this year, there have been 15 suspicious fires in the Koroit district, the last of which burnt down Mick Harrington’s home at Mailors Flat early on Wednesday morning.

He said the one vital piece of evidence could even be something that was not seen during the recent six-week-long break in offending between February 7 and March 20.

“One piece of key information may be something that may appear insignificant,” he said.

“There was a gap in the offending and it could be something about that — someone who was not around in the past four weeks but has now returned to the district.”

Detective Senior Constable Colin Ryan said the safety of the community was paramount.

“You are not helping the person concerned by hiding them.

“The safety of the community has to come first,” he said.

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