True story behind Byron homeless 'fire bomb'
UPDATE: A homeless Northern Rivers woman feared fire-bombed is safe, police say.
Despite a cardboard sign stating homeless woman Norma had been 'petrol bombed', Byron Bay Police said the well-known Byron Bay rough-sleeper was safe, well, and had never been petrol bombed.
Since Northern Star online coverage, police had responded to calls from Byron Bay residents who confirmed Norma was safe and well.
Police stated the sign may be related to the recent fire at the Fletcher Street location, in which homeless people's possessions were burnt.
EARLIER: If cardboard sign outside the old Telstra building on Fletcher Street Byron Bay is true, Norma, a homeless woman has been 'petrol bombed'.
This photo was published on Voice of Byron yesterday. It stated:
"May the Guardian Angels look after you Norma. Love the homeless crew*
*Stop running us out of town.
"A 74 year old homeless lady was 'PETROL BOMBED' while she slept on this verandah. Her walking frame smashed and broken. She is now in hospital.:
Police in Byron Bay and Tweed Heads were unable to confirm if the claims in the shocking photo are true.
The Northern Star understands that the fire occurred about a month ago behind the Telstra depot in Fletcher St.
The belongings of homeless people who sleep in the area were destroyed.
The location was one of Norma's usual hangs and that her walking frame was broken.
The sign has only been there since the weekend and probably refers to that attack.
There has not been another arson attack on Norma according to people from the Liberation Larder who know her well.
A Northern Star reporter witnessed Norma on Friday but homeless service Liberation Larder staff did not see her on Monday for breakfast.