Police arrest suspected serial arsonist

in News · 21-08-2010 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

Portuguese police arrested a man, charging film with starting two wildfires in the northeastern Castro Daire district, official sources revealed.

The 32 year-old man, a construction worker, allegedly started two wildfires in the past week, one of which burnt a 123 acre area.
According to a police press-release, the man had been convicted in 2005 for arson charges. He had also been jailed for drunk-driving and theft convictions.
Police added that another suspected arsonist, a 16-year old, was arrested in the Rio de Loba area, also in north-eastern Portugal. He will be charged on at least six counts of arson; the youth allegedly told police he is “attracted to fire and to the great commotion caused by fire-fighting efforts”.
Portugal’s seasonal wave of summer wildfires mainly hits the northern and central parts of the nation. Many of the fires are suspected to be the result of arson.
TPN/Lusa


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