Two unrelated fires in the Kapiti-Mana region are being
treated as arsons, and police are seeking witnesses.
The first blaze occurred at a house in Hillcrest Road in
Raumati South around 10.30pm on Monday.
Initial inquiries led police to believe the fire - which
caused significant damage to the property - was intentionally
Nobody was at home at the time.
A 43-year-old local man was arrested on charges of burglary,
male assaults female, injuring with intent and intentional
damage on Monday afternoon and appeared in Porirua District
Court the following day.
He was remanded in custody. Enquires into the suspected arson
Acting Detective Sergeant Kelvyn Parry said the man was
helping police with their inquiries.
"He's a person of interest. We're waiting on forensic
evidence to come back."
The man had not admitted any involvement into the arsons,
The second arson attempt involved a parked vehicle set alight
on Winton Street, Paraparaumu.
The car was believed to have been set alight at around 5.40am
yesterday. The fire caused extensive damage to the car and
damage to the exterior of the property it was parked outside.
Police are appealing for anyone who saw anything suspicious
in or around the scenes of the arsons to contact Mr Parry on
(04) 238 1400 or anonymously through Crimestoppers on 0800