UPDATE: Police arrest three teenage girls over school fire

UPDATE: COFFS/CLARENCE police have confirmed three teenage girls have been arrested and are expected to be charged with a number of arson offences in relation to a fire which caused significant damage to Bellingen High School earlier in the year.

Coffs Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson said the girls - aged 13, 14 and 15 - were arrested this morning shortly after police carried out three search warrants.

"Police executed three search warrants simultaneously this morning at 8am at two houses in Bellingen and one down in Camden in south west Sydney.

"At this stage the investigation is ongoing but I can say the girls aged 13, 14 and 15 have been arrested and taken to police stations in Coffs Harbour and Narellan."

After three months of investigation, Det Jameson said information from the public led police down a number of inquiries, leading to the arrests.

All three girls will soon face Coffs Harbour Court.

Police will allege in court that one of the girls had moved to Camden recently.

"We're satisfied with the arrest as being a strong resolution today and a sense of closure for the community who has had their beloved school deliberately damaged.

"There are serious penalties, but that's for the court to decide."

Det Jameson revealed one of the girls will also be charged in relation to an investigation into other offences involving intimidation and malicious damage on a police officer's home in Bellingen.

Bellingen High School fire
Bellingen High School fire Frank Redward

9.30AM: COFFS/CLARENCE police say they have executed three search warrants in relation to the Bellingen High School fire that took place in February.

Police said three 15-year-old girls are in custody after two homes were searched in Bellingen and one in Camden.

The fire caused an estimated $100,000 damage and interrupted classes at the high school.

Coffs Clarence Crime Manager Detective Inspector Darren Jameson will address the media this afternoon with details.


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