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Tuesday June 13 2017
Police presence stops fires By Andrew King ARSON ATTACKS in Burnside and Ilam have stopped after police increased patrols around the area. Over a number of weeks, there have been a series of deliberately lit fires in the area, with wheelie bins, a car and for sale sign set alight – some close enough to scorch Stephan the exterior of ocMcDaniel cupied homes. Senior Sergeant Stephan McDaniel said in response to the fire, police have increased patrols in the area in an effort James to catch who is Wallace lighting the fires. “At this stage, we have no clear suspects, but we are looking,” he said. He said while there appears to have been a halt in the attacks, police will continue to keep an eye on the area. “The extra patrols will stay in place for now,’ he said. Bins on Greers Rd and Westburn Tce were set on fire three weeks ago, prompting police to dispatch a dog unit to try and track the offender or offenders. None have been found.
SINISTER: Most of the arson attacks have been wheelie bins up against the side of homes. PHOTO: JAMES WALLACE
STUMPED: Bill Willoughby is happy the Bishopdale Village Mall blue gum trees have been removed. PHOTO: MARTIN HUNTER
Good riddance trees By Julia Evans
Burnside resident James Wallace’s bin was set alight about a month ago and scorched the side of his house while his children were asleep. He said he had not heard of any more events around his area. “I haven’t seen them, but I’ve been told there are extra
patrols and a dog unit on standby,” he said. • Anyone with information about the fires should phone 363 7400. Alternatively, information can also be reported anonymously to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
SOME RESIDENTS are not sad to see eight blue gum trees around Bishopdale Village Mall felled. Burnside’s Bill Willoughby, 79, said he was pleased the trees had finally got the chop. “The city council have done the right thing, they were getting a bit scraggy,” he said. As a regular shopper at the mall, he said it had really tidied the place up. The trees were felled recently
because of their poor health, structural condition and the risk they presented to the public. The Bishopdale Business Association expressed concern after a limb fell and wrote off a parked car last year. Debris from the trees was also an additional burden for businesses in the mall causing regular maintenance issues. Appropriate replacement trees will be planted in consultation with mall businesses. •Soap Box, page 7
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