Police hunt arsonist after Pine Park port-a-loo fire
Plus a woman leads a high-speed chase through Murray Bridge, two Tailem Bend men are arrested for a break-in and speed cameras return to the Murraylands.
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SA Police are on the lookout for an arsonist who set two fires in Murray Bridge on Sunday morning.
A bank of portable toilets at Pine Park, set up for the Murray Bridge Magic family festival, was torched sometime around 3.10am.
Two of the five toilets on a trailer were completely destroyed.
About 10 minutes earlier, someone had set fire to grass, shrubs and a palm tree in the front yard of a house on the corner of Beatty Terrace.
The house’s owner woke up to a knock on the door from a policeman who had used a garden hose to put the fire out.
“We’ve had to call police about five times over the past few months with people out front of our place and over in (the) council car park letting off fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights,” she said.
“We’ve heard the fireworks land on our roof at times … usually after midnight.”
Police have not yet arrested anyone over the two fires.
Anyone with information that might help the investigation should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestopperssa.com.au.
Woman leads police on chase through Murray Bridge
Meanwhile, a Whyalla woman has been arrested after allegedly leading police on a high-speed pursuit through the streets of Murray Bridge on Sunday night.
Officers tried to pull over a grey Ford Falcon on Robin Street just after 9.30pm.
A check on its numberplate had shown that it was unregistered and uninsured, had been defected, and that its owner had been disqualified from driving.
However, the car sped off.
Police chased it through numerous back streets and finally caught up with it on Flagstaff Road at Brinkley.
They arrested its driver, 25, after she allegedly tested positive to cannabis and methamphetamine at the scene.
She will face dangerous driving and other charges at Murray Bridge Magistrates Court on March 1.
Moorlands man arrested for drug trafficking
A Moorlands man will face court on drug trafficking charges after being pulled over on Moorlands Road, east of Tailem Bend, last Thursday.
The 57-year-old allegedly returned a positive roadside drug test.
Police allegedly found 13 grams of methamphetamine and several other packages, which they suspected were also illicit substances, in his car.
He was remanded in custody after an initial court appearance and will face the Adelaide Magistrates Court on April 27.
Tailem Bend men arrested over servo break-in
Two Tailem Bend men have been arrested after a break-in at a service station in Lameroo.
The business had its windows smashed around 3am on January 6.
Although the thieves made a mess, they failed to break into a safe with a sledgehammer and left empty-handed.
Police arrested a 34-year-old Tailem Bend man last Monday, and a 32-year-old Tailem Bend man in Murray Bridge on Friday.
The younger man was expected to face an aggravated trespassing charge at Murray Bridge Magistrates Court last Friday, while the older man will appear at Adelaide Magistrates Court on June 6.
Both remained in custody after their arrest.
Anyone with information about the break-in should contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or at www.crimestopperssa.com.au.
Speed cameras will remain active in the Murraylands this week
Finally, stick to the speed limit on the Murraylands’ roads – traffic police will remain active around the region this week.
Speed cameras may be set up at any of the locations we listed last week.
More information: police.sa.gov.au.
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