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UPDATE: Sixth teen charged over fast food restaurant fire

A sixth teenager has now been charged over allegedly lighting a fire at a Cessnock fast food restaurant.

Five teenagers – three boys and two girls – were charged over the incident and following further inquiries another 15-year-old girl was charged.

Police attended a home on Mayfield Street, Cessnock, and arrested the 15-year-old girl at about 10am today (Monday 27 July).

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She was taken to Cessnock Police Station and charged with damage property by fire and was granted conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Monday 11 August.

Earlier: Fifth teen charged over Cessnock McDonald’s fire

A fifth teenager has been charged over allegedly lighting a fire at Cessnock McDonald’s.

At about 3.30am on Sunday 19 July, emergency services were called to the restaurant on Allandale Road, Cessnock, after reports of a fire within the external playground area.

Crews from Fire and Rescue NSW attended and extinguished the fire a short time later.

Officers from Hunter Valley Police District commenced an investigation into the cause of the blaze.

Four teenagers – two boys and two girls – have been charged over the incident. They remain before the courts.

Following ongoing inquiries, a 15-year-old boy attended Cessnock Police Station and was arrested at about 2pm yesterday (Sunday 26 July).

He was charged with damage property by fire and was granted conditional bail to appear at a children’s court on Monday 11 August.

Inquiries are continuing into the incident.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or via its online reporting page. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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