More charges over function centre fire

Story appeared in: Torch | February 21st, 2018

DETECTIVES investigating alleged arsons at a Bankstown function centre over the 2016 Christmas period will lay additional charges at court today.
Strike Force Babel was established by detectives from the Financial Crime Squad's Arson Unit and Bankstown Local Area Command to investigate two fires that police suspect were deliberately lit at a function centre on Restwell Street, Bankstown, in December 2016 and January 2017.
Emergency services were called to the first fire about 4.45am on Boxing Day (Monday, December 26, 2016). The blaze was extinguished a short time later, but had caused major smoke damage.
About 6pm eight days later (Tuesday, January 3, 2017), emergency services were called to another fire, which caused significant structural damage.
Three people have previously been charged during the investigation.
Strike Force Babel detectives will charge a 28-year-old man with two counts of pervert the course of justice at Burwood Local Court today (Wednesday, February 14).
Police will allege in court that the man had influenced two witnesses who had provided statements to investigators.
Investigations are continuing and further arrests are expected.
Police are urging anyone with information that may assist Strike Force Babel investigators to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or use tshe Crime Stoppers online reporting page: 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.

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Publication: Torch | Section: news | Author: Mark Kirkland | Story ID: 134817 | Viewcount: 4670