NSW Police’s Strike Force Tronto has charged almost 200 people alleged to have started catastrophic bushfires in their state.
The strike force was re-established in 2007 to investigate arson attacks after a devastating start to the bushfire season that year in New South Wales.
This year in NSW alone, Police investigated 183 individuals for more than 200 offences, including 40 juveniles. Police also confirm they charged 24 people over alleged deliberately-lit bushfires.
Assistant Commissioner Stuart Smith told the media,
“any individual caught lighting a fire – intentionally, unintentionally or otherwise – during this danger period will face court.”
Police urge people to provide footage and images from phones, dashcam or other devices that show any of fires in their infancy, even if only from a distance.
Whether ‘climate change’ had any impact on this year’s disastrous bushfire season is yet to be proven.
However, arson and lack of hazard-reduction burns due to the ‘environmentally friendly’ policy have clearly had a significant impact.