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Man charged after Helensburgh fire

A MAN has been charged after allegedly lighting a fire in bushland at Helensburgh on Saturday afternoon.About 6pm police were called to the rail corridor at Helensburgh after RFS personnel extinguished a number of small spot fires in the area
Investigations determined the fires had been deliberately lit.
A 45-year-old man was found in nearby bushland and spoken to by police. The man, who was allegedly found in possession of a cigarette lighter, was arrested and taken to Wollongong Police Station.
He was charged with intentionally causing fire and be reckless as to its spread.Investigations into the fires are continuing.

About Mick Roberts

A journalist, writer and historian, Mick Roberts specialises in Australian cultural history, particularly associated with the Australian hotel and liquor industry. Mick has had an interest in revealing the colourful story of pubs, inns and associated industries in Australia for over 30 years. He is currently working on a comprehensive history of the hotel and liquor industry in the Illawarra region of NSW. Besides writing a number of history books, Mick has owned and managed several community newspapers. He was one time editor of the Wollongong Northern News, The Bulli Times, The Northern Times, The Northern Leader and The Local - all located in the Wollongong region. As a journalist he has worked for Rural Press, Cumberland (News Limited), Sydney based, City News, and Torch Publications based in Canterbury Bankstown, NSW. He currently calls the inner-Sydney suburb of Surry Hills home.


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