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Police appeal for information following school break-in and fire - North Coast

Friday, 24 February 2017 12:53:46 PM

Police are appealing for witnesses after a school was broken into and damaged by fire on the state’s North Coast overnight.

About 3am (Friday 24 February 2017), emergency services were called to Waterfall Way, Bellingen, about 40km south of Coffs Harbour, following reports of a fire at a school.

Officers from Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command attended and assisted Fire & Rescue NSW as they extinguished the blaze.

Police have been told security attended the school after alarms had been activated about 2am. A number of windows were found to have been smashed with fires in classrooms and the library. The administration building was also ransacked and vandalised.

The fire caused significant damage to two classrooms and the library. No one was injured.

The damage caused by the fire is estimated at more than $100,000.

A crime scene was established and is currently being examined by specialist forensic officers.

Investigators believe the fire was deliberately lit and are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Police are urging anyone with information in relation to this incident to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use the Crime Stoppers online reporting page: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au/ Information you provide will be treated in the strictest of confidence. We remind people they should not report crime information via our Facebook and Twitter pages.