Boy sought to aid arson inquiries

Police are seeking help from the public following an arson attack on public toilets at Waipu.

The toilets at Waipu Cove Reserve are distinctively covered with a mural depicting the Scottish migration to the Waipu district.

The men's toilet was set alight about 2.55pm on December 22.

Police say the attack coincided with a sea rescue carried out by the Waipu Surf Patrol and surveillance footage shows crowds at the reserve surging toward the beach to see the rescue.

Waipu police want to speak to a potential witness, who was captured on CCTV entering and exiting the toilet around the time the fire was lit.

The witness is described as a boy aged 8 or 9, of medium to slim build with scruffy brown hair.

He was wearing a distinctive blue and black striped short-sleeved T-shirt and shorts.

Police say it was likely he was at the reserve with a family group.

Anyone with information to identify the boy can contact Senior Constable Martin Geddes at 09 432 4030, the Ruakaka police on 09 4342 7719, or Crime Stoppers 0800 555 111.

- Northern Advocate

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