Community rallies to help out Ballina victim of truck arson
By DAWN COHEN
FROM Kyogle to Coolangatta to the Clarence, support has poured in for Ballina's torched truck victim David Cupitt. "The phone did not stop ringing. They called from Kingscliff, the Lower Clarence, the Gold Coast, from Lismore and Lennox," said the manager of Holiday Coast Removals. An arson attack destroyed three trucks belonging to the company at its site in the Ballina Southern Cross Industrial Estate on Saturday night. "Someone even called from Texas in Queensland. Ballina people kept dropping in. They'd say 'You don't know me, but we are horrified. How can we help?'" said the Ballina-born Mr Cupitt. "I got a lump in my throat the size of a pebble. "I thought the days of that kind of support had gone by the wayside. "Gary Dunford, from Ballina Removals, and John Browning, from Lismore, rang to see what they could do for us. "I want them all to know they have restored my faith in humanity." Detective Mick Ruskin, in charge of the investigation, said police were waiting for forensic tests The senior constable said he did not expect the perpetrators to repeat the crime in the near future. Richard Unwin, owner of Darragh's Hi-Class Removalists, located close by, was showering at around 10pm on Saturday when he heard the dog barking and then a 'wooshing' noise. "I raced out and saw the grass beside my truck on fire," he said yesterday, speaking on a mobile phone on his way up from Sydney. "I put that out, and saw the trucks down the road were also on fire. "I hosed under the truck, and I tried to keep a wall next to one of them wet. "But the fire was totally out of control. "There is a pool shop next door. What would have happened if the chemicals had gone up?" he said.