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Arson charge laid following Mount Maunganui fires

Charring on the outside wall of the Hull Road buidling.

Police have charged a man with arson following two fires in Mount Maunganui.

On Friday evening, a fire was started in a building on Hull Road, which contains the Mount Maunganui Police Station, along with other businesses.

While the fire was extinguished before becoming well-established, there was a fair amount of damage caused, says a police spokesperson.

Later that evening a street pole housing a CCTV camera was also set alight, destroying both the pole and the camera.

A broken window at the Hull Road building, which is also where the Mount Maunganui Police Station is located.

"Police yesterday executed a search warrant at a Mount Maunganui property and arrested the 36-year-old man in relation to the incidents.

"A firearm and ammunition were also discovered at the property and seized."

The man is due to appear in Tauranga District Court today on charges of arson and unlawful possession of a firearm.

"As the matter is now before the courts, Police cannot comment further."

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