Another Arson Attempt

Fire at Paraparaumu School in recent arson attack
Fire at Paraparaumu School in recent arson attack

Kapiti Police warn against social media ‘culture’ fuelling arson

By Alan Tristram

Kapiti Police say they’ve arrested two more youths for attempted arson – and they are warning local people to be careful not to fuel an ‘arson culture’ on social media.

These arrests follow the arrest of three young women last week for the arson attack which destroyed a classroom block and library at Paraparaumu School, in Ruapehu St, east of the main railway line.

Detective Sgt Jacquie Muir says that, following the latest attempt, two youths — 16 and 17 years old — were arrested at the weekend and will appear in the Porirua Youth Court this Thursday, charged with attempted arson at Paraparaumu Beach.

She says the attempted arson took place at the Paraparaumu Super Store (dairy).

And she says: Police are urging parents, caregivers and young people to consider carefully before using social media outlets discussing arson, as this often incites and encourage this type of behaviour.

A concern at this stage is Social Media generating a culture fueling arson, she says.

The old saying less is more!