Arsonists set vehicle alight in front of Tamworth shopping centre

TAMWORTH’S car arsonists struck again overnight on Sunday.

NBN cameraman and Tamworth resident Tom Chamberlain left his Camry parked on the corner of Peel and Marius streets after the battery went flat on Sunday.

He was woken by Tamworth police early yesterday morning telling him his car had been found burnt out where he left it, with $1000 worth of clothing and DJ equipment inside.

Now waiting for insurance assessors to come and determine his payout, he said the most disappointing thing about the incident was the “lack of trust in the Tamworth community”.

“I thought the car would be safe there overnight; it’s just a block from my house,” Mr Chamberlain said.

“I really didn’t think anyone would do that.”

The burnt-out car, valued at $6000, was plainly visible to morning traffic and Northgate shoppers for several hours before it was towed away.

Several car fires have been reported in the past two weeks, with four in Taminda, one incident involving two cars sparking a grass fire near businesses. A car burnt out on Calala Ln on December 22 remained there for nearly two weeks before being towed away. A Tamworth police spokesman said the responsibility to remove the cars fell to the registered owner.

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