Tauranga shopping centre bins torched

Flames coming from the clothing bin behind Fraser Cove. Photo: Chontelle Tantau.

Two people have been arrested after some bins behind Tauranga shopping centre were torched in the weekend.

At about 3.40pm on Sunday, police were called to a report of a fire in some bins at the Fraser Cove Shopping complex.

“The caller informed police they had witnessed the fire being lit and were still observing the offenders,” says a police spokesperson.

Police responded and arrested two men, aged 19 and 22 years. They have both been charged with wilfully sets fire to property and will appear in Tauranga District Court on April 13.

“We would like to thank the members of the public who reported this incident and assisted us in locating this offender.”

People who do see suspicious behaviour can report it to Tauranga Police Station on 07 577 4300.

They can call 111 in an emergency or leave information anonymously via the Crimestoppers 0800 555 111 line.

Smoke seen coming from behind Fraser Cove shopping centre. Photo: Frances Clark.



Posted on 08-05-2017 19:22 | By Tgaboy

Sure. I'd rather my tax dollar go to support kids in school, good people receiving health interventions and the genuine in hard times. Not the scumbags that sadly live amongst us.

@tga Boy

Posted on 12-04-2017 14:08 | By Papamoaner

Joseph Goebels would have been proud of you mate.

Sound like pieces of excrement to me

Posted on 11-04-2017 19:34 | By Tgaboy

Bet they have no jobs. Bet they dropped out of school. Bet they use a lot of alcohol and drugs. A bullet is probably the best intervention. Society doesn't deserve to have to put up with maggots like this.


Posted on 10-04-2017 21:18 | By Papamoaner

True. Sadly, those days are gone and been replaced with new attitudes. Even if you mention the subject these days, you can get called a do-gooder by the unenlightened armchair experts. But there are some good people out there doing good work with little or no thanks nor applause. I have a friend who is a criminal lawyer. She spends her spare time at prisons counselling inmates and trying to turn them around, albeit with some modest success depending on the type of inmate. She receives no payment or reward. People like that are actually benefiting the whole community.


Posted on 10-04-2017 19:25 | By jjrk

when i done that at age 16 it was Arson! but come on.... 22 a bit old for that crap, must have immature brains. im sorry to say but this generation that age, 23, 24 and under, now have no discipline or work ethic at all.. and im only 30

@ Papamoaner

Posted on 10-04-2017 17:22 | By astex

We used to have a way to turn them around, like you said, and did it without prisons but this was before the PC brigade. The "turning round" happened very quickly with a good kick from the sergeants size 10"s.


Posted on 10-04-2017 16:15 | By Papamoaner

Yeah, let's have a public hanging like the olden days. "Simplistic" Reality is we can't continue to have an ever increasing prison population - it's simply unsustainable. We only have a small population. We need to do some stuff differently . Turn them around before they become really serious criminals. It's called lateral thinking, but requires a brain that can think deeper.

Want some excitement?

Posted on 10-04-2017 15:42 | By Heavy Haulage

When i was 19 i joined the Army! No PC restrictions there Papamoaner......

Kids / young adults

Posted on 10-04-2017 13:45 | By davidt5

The majority of us did not have a mentor but still managed to become responsible adults. Please stop making excuses for these examples of life's losers. Unfortunately any punishment that they get will have little merit and will be quickly forgotten. The world has too many PC do gooder's who constantly make excuses for the poor behaviour of some members or our society.

Differing definitions of kids

Posted on 10-04-2017 10:37 | By Papamoaner

OK, young adults who haven't grown up yet.

they're not kids

Posted on 10-04-2017 09:52 | By missusmck

these aren't kids.theyre 19 and 22 for goodnes sake!! i may have expecte it of 12 year olds but surely at this age they should have some idea of right from wrong.we didn't have much when I was growing up and had to make our own fun but it never crossed our minds to destroy someone's property in the process and if we had of we would have got a swift kick up the backside! too many do-gooders making excuses

Good question Sage

Posted on 10-04-2017 09:14 | By Papamoaner

I guess it's about finding excitement, and perhaps a bit of danger. Many city kids have nothing to do these days, aggravated by over the top "safety" and other PC restrictions. I could easily have ended up setting fire to bins as a kid more than 50 years ago, but was lucky enough to be influenced by a mentor who introduced me to sailing, hunting and fishing etc. Sadly, the kids today don't have those opportunities to the same extent, largely inhibited by unintelligent destructive do gooders obsessed with "safety" and other PC bullshit. It's a bigger problem than many think, because these kids are tomorrows adults. All they need is a mentor.

I wonder

Posted on 10-04-2017 08:34 | By The Sage

Wonder what they do for a job these two young guys? Just saying.

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