Offenders caught for Rockhampton park blaze

TWO OFFENDERS have been prosecuted following their involvement in a fire that was started at a Rockhampton park last month.

Detective Acting Inspector for the Capricornia police district Paul Elliott said police had recently been successful in investigating unwanted fires in the region.

"We have had some success in some minor fires which resulted in two offenders being dealt with under the youth justice act earlier this month," Mr Elliott said.

"The fire was at a local park in Rockhampton and it was lit by two people and they were dealt with. We're working very closely with our partner agencies and independent investigations warranting a criminal investigation will be handed over to police, acts of foolishness and stupidity can easily turn into a criminal investigation.

"Across the district we investigate a number of different fires, at this point in time there's probably four or five under active investigation. Depending on the circumstances and nature of the fire an arson offence actually carries a term of life imprisonment but there are other offences that can come out of that. The potential for a fire to turn unwanted and all of a sudden damage property or in some events kill people is very real and I think that's something the community needs to be aware of because there's no second chance, so think before you act." If you have witnessed any illegal lighting of fires contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

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