Police appeal for tow truck driver to share fire bug video

Another petrol station on Youngman St was robbed last night.
Another petrol station on Youngman St was robbed last night. Trevor Veale

New South Wales Police are appealing for a tow truck driver, who filmed a youth deliberately lighting a scrub fire in Winston Hills yesterday, to come forward.

About 4pm (Tuesday January 8) emergency services were called to a traffic island on the corner of Old Windsor Road and Caroline Chisholm Drive as grass and trees covering about 30m x 20m were on fire.

Whilst working to put out the fire a tow truck driver approached the Fire and Rescue NSW officers and told them he saw, and videoed with his smartphone, a male child light the fire before running towards Old Windsor Road.

The witness left the scene, telling Fire and Rescue NSW officers that he would be reporting the incident to police.

Police are keen to speak with driver of the tow truck and view the footage. They are urging him, or anyone else who can assist with inquiries into this fire, to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Strike Force Tronto continues to co-ordinate the investigative response to deliberately-lit bushfires, with detectives from Property Crime Squad's Arson Unit working closely with local police.

As part of Strike Force Tronto, police are continuing to overtly and covertly target known or suspected bushfire arsonists in their communities, and officers also work in close consultation with investigators from the Rural Fire Service and Fire & Rescue NSW.

Police urge the community to assist them by reporting any suspicious behaviour.

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