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Lismore Police are continuing their investigation into a fire which caused more than $250,000 worth of damage at Southern Cross University (SCU) late last week. The fire, which gutted a large storage room containing computer equipment, filing cabinets and paper, is being treated as suspicious. It started late last Thursday night and was extinguished by firefighters early on Friday morning. Police said they were unsure of the cause of the fire at this stage and are asking the public for any information which could help their investigation (contact 6623 1599). SCUs facilities manager Mike Cooper said the stores building was separate to the main campus and there was only minimal disruption as a result. The printery and mailroom adjacent to the stores building were saved, Mr Cooper said.

A bestiality charge laid against a 35-year-old Lismore woman accused of engaging in an indecent act with a horse has been dropped. The woman still faces a lesser charge of behaving in an offensive manner, but Lismore Local Court was told on Monday that it too may be withdrawn. Police had alleged the woman was behaving offensively with a horse in a paddock in a residential area of Wilson Street, Lismore, on November 27. The court was told a psychiatric report would be carried out to determine whether the remaining charge will be dismissed under the Mental Health Act. The magistrate allowed the woman continuing bail and adjourned the matter till January 31.

P-plate drivers breaking the road rules in the Lismore/Ballina region are being targeted by police as part of a statewide operation called Novice Driver 2006. Speeding, street racing and burnouts are just some of the offences local police will focus on during the operation, which runs until January 6.

Police are seeking information or witnesses to an incident at a Lismore restaurant in Ballina Street on Monday night in which a man demanded money. The offender is described as 30-35 years old, 183cm tall, solid to chubby build, pale Caucasian appearance, bald on top, hairy arms and black hair on his chest with a large nose. At the time he was wearing baggy black denim shorts beneath his knees and a black hooded jumper with a white squiggly pattern on the front. Information to Lismore Police on 6623 1599.

Police are investigating malicious damage to council property at Lumley Park, Pearces Creek Road, Alstonville, early on Wednesday morning. Police said they spoke to five men in relation to smashing of bottles, causing a disturbance and damage to a park table by fire. Information to Ballina Police on 6681 8699.

Seven wire mesh panels and clamps belonging to a security fence were stolen from a property in Hellyar Drive, Wollongbar, last week. Information to Alstonville Police on 6628 0299.

A 1997 Mitsubishi sedan was stolen from Keen Street, Lismore, on Monday afternoon while the owner was shopping. The car was later found at the rear of Fisher Street, Goonellabah, and had been destroyed by fire. Information to Lismore Police on 6623 1599.

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