Ballina business in arson attack

By NERIDA BLOK

THE TORCHING on Saturday night of three furniture removal trucks worth in excess of $100,000, has been a major blow for David Cupitt. Mr Cupitt has been managing the Ballina removal company, Holiday Coast Removals, for a Newcastle-based friend and owner. Three of the company's trucks were completely de- stroyed and a fourth received moderate damage in the suspected arson attack. At around 10.30pm, an unknown suspect entered the removal company's grounds, located in Ballina's industrial estate and forced entry into the trucks. The trucks were parked outside, but within the company's grounds. "It is certainly a major inconvenience," Mr Cupitt said. "We have had to hire extra trucks to carry out scheduled work." Lismore police duty officer Glen Gilbert said scientific investigations were still underway. He said an accelerant, believed to be petrol, was used to ignite and destroy three trucks. "They attempted to torch a fourth truck but only caused moderate damage," he said.



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