Student charged with arson
A school student has appeared in court in relation to a suspicious fire at a Coromandel school that caused several thousand dollars worth of damage.
Detective Sergeant Martyn Hughes of the Thames-Coromandel CIB said a joint Police and NZ Fire Service investigation established that the cause of the fire at the Whangamata Area School on November 14 was the reckless use of matches.
"As a result a 17-year-old male student from the school was charged with arson and appeared in the Thames District Court yesterday,'' Mr Hughes said.
"The man was bailed to reappear in the Waihi District Court at a yet to be determined date next month and Waikato Police would like to thank the local Whangamata community for all their assistance during this enquiry."