21 Apr 2020

Police station fire: Man charged with arson

9:30 am on 21 April 2020

A man has been arrested following two suspicious fires in Mount Maunganui - one in a building housing the police station as well as other businesses.

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Photo: RNZ / Richard Tindiller

Police said the first fire, in the Hull Road building on Friday evening, caused some damage.

They said later that evening, a street pole holding a CCTV camera was also set alight, destroying both.

A police spokesperson said the arrest was made after a search of a Mount Maunganui property.

A firearm and ammunition were also seized there.

A 36-year-old man is due to appear in the Tauranga District Court today, charged with arson and unlawful possession of a firearm.