Operation NOMAD targets arsonists

THREE incidents of arson have occurred in the local area in the past week, as South Australia Police launched Operation NOMAD on Monday.

On Thursday, November 2, a fire was deliberately lit on Lawrence Avenue in Gawler South.

Two fires were then intentionally lit on Saturday, November 4, including one on Finniss Street, Gawler, and another in the rear yard of a Light Square property.

Assistant Commissioner, and Police Commander of Operation NOMAD, Noel Bamford said police, as part of the operation, will identify and actively monitor people of interest through timely and predictive intelligence assessments.

“As the harm caused to life and property by bushfires is potentially catastrophic, Operation NOMAD concentrates on preventing the deliberate and reckless actions that start these fires,” he said.

“We will maintain a highly visible presence in high-risk bushfire areas, with directed patrols watching for any breaches of fire laws.”

At the conclusion of the 2016/17 Fire Danger Season there were 86 NOMAD persons of interest, with 15 arrests and eight reports for
NOMAD-related offences – a 35 per cent increase on the previous year.

Operation NOMAD runs until the end of the Fire Danger Season, in May, 2018.

Ellouise Crawford

@ElleCrawford90

Ellouise Crawford joined The Bunyip in April, 2010, while completing a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of South Australia. Ellouise wrote The Bunyip’s Playford Times before joining the editorial team full-time in late-2011. She now covers the Light Regional Council region and enjoys writing about Gawler’s strong heritage, as well as its many passionate and inspirational residents. Ellouise grew up in Gawler and now lives in Wasleys with her family.

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