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Australia Day arson attacks in Canberra

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Arsonists struck twice in the early hours of Australia Day, lighting a grass fire and setting a car alight, police said.

In what police described as a "very un-Australian act", 

There was a grass fire in bush land off Foxton Circuit Fadden, behind the Holy Family Primary School.

"Police were called to the scene about 12.50am where ACT Fire and Rescue had distinguished a fire that caused 40 x 50 metres of damage," police said in a statement.

"Further assessment of the scene indicated the fire started from a wheelie bin which was located, melted in the middle of the burnt out area. Also located was a burnt out aerosol can and oil tin. Fortunately the fire was not a threat to any property, with the closest premises being about 100 metres away."

 Police said they were also called to the car park of the Raiders Sports Club in Hardwick Crescent, Holt  where a silver Holden Statesman was well alight about 1.25am.

"A short time later ACT Fire and Rescue arrive and extinguished the blaze which they determined was started on the front seats and was deliberately lit," police said. 

 "The owner had left the car at the club after having dinner there with her partner."

Police ask anyone who knows anything about the arson attacks or who saw any suspicious  activity  to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at crimestoppers.com.au.

canberratimes.com.au

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