Campsite arson appeal

20:35, Oct 07 2010

Somebody knows who set fire to a popular South Canterbury campsite, police say, as they renew appeals for information.

Detective Nick Osborne said inquiries were continuing into the August 22 arson of Lindisfarne Camp in the Upper Pareora Gorge.

The fire destroyed the kitchen and hall block, leaving the camp unusable.

It will cost more than $500,000 to replace the building, which is hoped to be completed by late summer.

Yesterday Mr Osborne said police were still hoping people would come forward with information about the arson. He added police were still investigating the deliberate attack on 12 Waitohi sheep on the same night.

In that incident 12 ewes were chased and run over and one set alight while it was still alive. All died as a result of the attack, though several had to be shot.

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"Inquiries are still progressing. There has been a little bit of information from the public, but more would be useful," Mr Osborne said.

"There are people out there who know who has done this."

Animal rights group Paw Justice has offered a reward for information leading to a successful prosecution of the sheep attackers and an anonymous donation saw that rise to $10,000.

Paw Justice founder Craig Dunn said if someone had information and wanted to claim the reward, they needed to contact Paw Justice through their website pawjustice.co.nz.

Alternatively, people can contact the Timaru police station.

The Timaru Herald