Man arrested over Christchurch fires

ASHLEIGH STEWART
Last updated 10:28 25/07/2013

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A 48-year old man has been arrested after a spate of "small nuisance fires" in south Christchurch overnight.

The unemployed Christchurch man will appear in court today on arson charges after he set at least three wheelie bins on fire early today.

A police spokesman said the man was seen by a member of the public going in and out of properties in Hayton Rd, Wigram, where two wheelie bins were set on fire about 3.30am.

The man was tracked by police dogs and found in Main South Rd.

He was also charged in relation to a wheelie-bin fire about the same time in Main South Rd.

Police are now investigating whether the alleged offender was involved in a number of other small fires in the southern suburbs last night.

Around 11.30pm last night a garage in Bolton Ave, Spreydon, was damaged after items left lying against it were set alight.

Ten minutes later police were called to a dairy on the corner of Brougham and Selwyn streets, where rubbish bins had been set on fire. The building was not damaged.

Detective Inspector Greg Murton said an early call from the member of the public meant police could respond quickly.

"This person has seen someone suspicious and called police straight away - that's helped us get to the area promptly and make an arrest," he said.

Police were now seeking anyone with information about any of the overnight incidents, and asked them to contact Christchurch police on (03) 363 7400. Alternatively, to provide information anonymously contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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