5pm: A 15-year-old boy has been arrested over the large bushfire that started in Heatherbrae last week. He’s currently at Raymond Terrace Police Station where he is expected to be charged.
3.10pm: The 11-year-old boy has been charged and has been refused bail.
1.11pm: An 11-year-old boy is expected to be charged with intentionally causing a fire and allowing it to spread after police linked him to the Heatherbrae bushfire today. Police are alleging the boy lit the fire at Heatherbrae on October 13, which engulfed more than 5000 hectares of land in Heatherbrae, Tomago, Williamtown, southern Raymond Terrace and Medowie.
They have also linked him to another fire at Raymond Terrace. Police arrested the suspect this morning and he is now being interviewed. This is the second arrest in less than 24 hours after a 14-year-old Rutherford boy was arrested yesterday for lighting a fire near Rutherford Tennis Club. The fire burnt 200 square metres of land around the club and spread to a fence and 20 trees.