• Tony Bosworth

Richmond man arrested on multiple bush fires charges - video

Nepean detectives knocked on the door of a home in Richmond at 9.20 Friday morning and arrested a 39-year-old man who it will be alleged lit fires at Castlereagh, Londonderry, Clarendon and Richmond during last year's bushfire emergency.

He has been taken to Windsor Police Station and charged with five charges of intentionally cause fire and be reckless as to its spread.

The man has been refused bail and appeared at Penrith Local Court on Friday.

Police arrest the Richmond man Friday morning

Strike Force Myler was established to investigate a number of bushfires within the Nepean/Hawkesbury area from December 2019.

About 2.35pm on Tuesday 3 December 2019, emergency services were called to Firetrail and Smeeton roads in Castlereagh following reports of two separate bushfires.

NSW Rural Fire Service and Fire and Rescue NSW crews responded and began to extinguish the blaze. About 3.10pm, a third bushfire was reported on Wilshire Road, Londonderry.

Police allege the man lit a further two fires at Clarendon and Richmond that night.

All fires were extinguished after several hours but not before an estimated 40ha of bushland was burnt.

Officers attached to Nepean Police Area Command began an investigation into the cause of the fires, and those investigations continue.

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