Suspicious fires in Paynesville area

EAST Gippsland Crime Investigation Unit detectives have appealed for public assistance following a series of suspicious fires in the Paynesville area in the past 10 weeks.

Nine small fires occurred in the area between 23 December and 28 February, predominantly in scrub areas.

They include:

• December 26 – Two fires near the Paynesville Tennis Club about 3am.

• January 9 – One fire near the Paynesville Tennis Club about 10.30pm.

• January 10 – Four fires in Freeman Reserve between 12.10am and 2.30am.

• February 26 – One fire on Paynesville Rd, west of Paynesville about 10.30pm.

• February 28 – One fire in the front yard of a home on The Esplanade, Paynesville.

Anyone with information about the fires or has seen any suspicious activity in the area at night has been asked to phone Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or make a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au.