17 Jan 2020

Police investigate string of arson attacks in Central North Island

From Summer Report, 8:17 am on 17 January 2020

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Police are investigating a series of arsons around Lake Taupo in which five properties were set alight at the weekend, including one with a family inside.

Fires were lit on the eastern side of the lake in the settlements of Tauranga Taupo, Waitetoko and Hatepe.

Police Detective Sergeant Andy Livingstone told Leigh-Marama McLachlan the incidents are extremely distressing for the community.