Brendan Rees | 19th January, 2023
A 29-12 months-outdated man has been arrested soon after a collection of alleged arson incidents in the CBD and West Melbourne in December.
Queensland police arrested James McArdle in Cairns on January 7 soon after a warrant was issued for his arrest in December in relation to a suspicious fireplace investigation.
Two of the alleged incidents associated a automobile fireplace at a Minor Lonsdale St automobile park at around 5.10pm on December 22, as very well as a fire at a Mercantile Put small business at all over 6.30pm on the same evening.
Other alleged fires, three of which associated cars and trucks, happened in West Melbourne between December 3 and December 16.
Investigators travelled to Cairns on January 9 to utilize for McArdle’s extradition to Melbourne.
He is expected to confront 17 charges such as 7 counts of arson, illegal assault and dedicate indictable offence when on bail.
It is also envisioned he will be interviewed in relation to 7 further more fires.
Investigations proceed into the sequence of fires.
Any person with information and facts is urged to make contact with Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.