[First filed: January 19, 2009 @ 09:54]
Palm tree fires. Does it qualify as a “spate” yet?
ACT Policing reported on fires in the inner suburbs on Monday January 12.
However, other palm tree fires don’t seem to have hit the news. Perhaps the police are keeping a lid on them so the juveniles who are deliberately threatening people and property are not rewarded by gaining media attention? Maybe people are not reporting the fires?
A friend has seen a burned palm tree in Gowrie and I saw one myself today in Richardson.
If anyone here has a palm tree I suggest they keep a close watch on it, especially at night, when it seems these idiots enjoy starting the fires. If any of these tree fires get out of control, homes could be destroyed and people killed.
Anyone else seen or heard anything?
[ED – send in photos to firstname.lastname@example.org]
UPDATED: The Canberra Times brings word some of the alleged miscreants were arrested on Saturday night.
ANOTHER UPDATE: The CT now reports that Madison Osbourne, 18, of Duffy, has fronted court (and more importantly can be named). Osbourne is denying being the one in the car who was lighting the fires.
It also sounds very much as if the trees were being staked out.